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Summer Fall 1998 • Vol. 70, No. I l 



Junior Yeaf 

IN FrWQ 

Celebrates 50 Yea 

special section on 
college's master plan: 

BuiUing on 
Bold Begi'n^^'' 




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f yjf^r s I write this, it is mid-summer at Sweet Briar: hot, 
\-^^^~J^^ a bit hazy, and this year too dry after a very wet 
spring. We've put in a new vegetable garden behind Sweet Briar 
House (which means everyone I encounter gets a couple of 
squash), and some lovely flowers in Daisy's Garden. These 
pastoral notes, though, belie the sheer number and variety of 
activities at hand. From my office, I hear a stream of children 
laughing as they walk through the Quad, hammers downstairs 
as carpenters retrofit a couple of offices, and a burst of laughter 
from a meeting in the Fletcher conference room across the hall 
as staff in Academic Affairs and Co-Curricular Life work on 
Orientation plans. From early morning each day, archaeology 
students are digging and shifting through dirt around the Slave 
Cabin looking for evidences of 18"" and U1"" century slave life; 
soccer fields and tennis courts are overflowing; and a group of 
high school students speaking German is overrunning the 
bookstore. In keeping with our strategic planning initiative to 
use the campus for year-romid learning. Sweet Briar smnmers 
are now as active as the regular school year, filled with programs 
for children and adults of all ages, and we are already talking 
about new programs (perhaps an alumnae college?) for next 
summer. 

This busy summer flows natiu'ally from what was an academic 
year marked by unceasing intellectual activity and the harbingers 
of change in the air. The 1 997-98 academic year saw us engaged 
in intensive planning, in which students, faculty, and staff laid 
the groundwork for strengthening many aspects of the College. 
Much of this magazine is devoted to chronicling these matters. 
Oi particular note is the special section that details the College's 
new Master Flan for the physical Sweet Briar over the next 10 to 
20 years. The entire college community has been involved in its 
development. What makes this Master Flan feel so right for us is 
the fact that it has truly grown out of our academic needs. As I 
think you will see, it has been developed in service to our 



educational mission as a women's college — our physical setting 
must be an ideal residential community, as well designed to foster 
the intellectual and emotional growth of women in the 21" 
century as it did in the 20"". 

This year, the Ahmmae Magazine itself will experience change 
and growth. With this issue (and our focus on the Master Plan), 
we are embarking on a more cohesive, thematic approach to 
matters of interest to all of you — an approach that we hope will 
both keep you up to date about the Sweet Briar of today and make 
clear the ways today's College honors and celebrates the 
achievements of earlier eras. Our next issue, due to you in January, 
will highlight in various ways the distinctive teaching 
characteristic of Sweet Briar, surely the single most important 
indicator of our vitality as a liberal arts college. 

In future issues, you wall also find new departments. Since we 
live in an interactive age, we are anxious to encourage your ideas 
and comments, and to put you in touch with one another. In the 
next issue, you will see a section for "Letters to the Editor" to give 
you a forum for your comments about any aspect of the College, 
as well as a "Bulletin Board" for short notices: bed-and-breakfast 
listings, house exchanges, upcoming meetings or mini-reiuiions, 
and other information you want to share. Your feedback can help 
ensure that the magazine meets your needs: the more we can 
serve as a conduit for ideas and information, the better. Please 
send us letters and announcements for the inauguration o( these 
two new departments. In this wired world (in which Sweet Briar 
is a major player — see page 9), there are more ways than ever to 
keep in touch; don't forget our web site, e-mail, voice mail, and 
fax, as well as the old standbys of paper and pen. 

Best wishes to each of you for a wonderful autumni 




TABLE OF CONT 



M T S 



by Charles Orubbs 



Inside Front A Message from the President 

2-8 Celebrating the 50™ Anniversary of Sweet Briar's Junior Year in France Program 
2-4 French Connections: Winter Forums 1998 

By Emile Langlois, Director, junior Year in France; SBC Professor of French 

5-6 An American in Paris 

By Amy Boyce Osaki '83 

7-8 Junior Year in France 50™ Anniversary Trip: Macnifique! 
8 The Map 

By Devon Vasconcellos '99, jYF '97-'98 

9-13 Update SBC 

Sweet Briar College News 

14-15 Riding Reunion, May 8-10, 1998: A Very Special Occasion 

16-17 Slate for New Alumnae Association Board Members 




18-19 



20 
21-22 



Sweet Briar's 89th Commencement Celebrates 
139 "El Nino" Graduates 

Class of 1998 Alumnae Relatives and Turning Points 



23-28 



Sweet Briar Alumnae In 
THE Spotlight 

Reunion 1998 Scrapbook 



El Nino graduates 
didn f !ef the rain /Q 

ipen their spirits as 
fey celebrated with -^z-* 

sparkling cider. 



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32-35 

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Inside Back 

Special Section 



Mini Reunions 



Alumnae Travel: Trips and Tips 

Alumnae College Reading Lists 

Club Corner 
Transitions 

New Faces, New Appointment, In Memory of..., Recent Deaths 

Notices 

Class Notes 

In the Sweet Briar Tradition 

Cordon C. Beemer H'21: A Matter of Trust 

Building on Bold Beginnings 

Interpreting Ralph Adams Cram's Plan for Sweet Briar's Second Century 

By Mary Molyneux Abrams '86, Design by Josef Beery 



Cover artwork is a rendering by Sasaki Associates of a possible plan tor new student center. 



Sweet Briar Alumnae Magazine Policy 
One of the objectives of the magazine is to present 
interesting, thought-provoking material. Publication of 
material does not indicate endorsement of the author's 
viewpoint by the magazine, the Alumnae Association, 
or Sweet Briar College. The Sweet Briar Alumnae 
Magazine reserves the right to edit and, when necessary, 
revise all material that it accepts for publication. 

The Alumnae Office Staff 

Louise Swiecki Zingaro '80, Director, Alumnae 
Association, Managing Editor, Alumnae Magazine; Ann 
MacDonald '97, Assistant Director, Alumnae Programs 
Coordinator; Kerri Rawlings '97, Assistant Director, 
Alumnae Programs Coordinator; Sandra Maddox 
AH'59, Assistant to the Director; Nancy Godwin 
Baldwin '57, Editor, Alumnae Magazine; Noreen 
Parker, Assistant Director, Assistant Editor & Class Notes 
Editor, Alumnae Magazine, Tour Coordinator; Bonnie 
Seitz, Alumnae Computer Programs Coordinator 

Contact us any time! 

Boxwood Alumnae House, Box E, Sweet Briar, VA 
24595; (804) 381-6131; FAX 804-381-6132; 
E-Mail: 1) (Office) alumnae@sbc.edu; 2) (Magazine) 
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Sweet Briar Alumnae Magazine Production 

Printed by Progress Printing, Lynchburg, VA 24502. 

Graphic design by Catherine S. Bost, Director of 
Publications, Sweet Briar College. 



SWEET BRIAR A L U M >J A E M A G A Z I N E ' S U M M E R ' F A L L 1S98 




In January 1948, the Institute of International Education granted 
Sweet Briar College permission to administer the Junior Year in 
France, an intercollegiate, coeducational program which, until the 
Second World War, had been based at the University ofDelawM^. 
Over the next 50 years, the College developed many connections with 
France. It was therefore particularly appropriate that tlie Alumnae 
Association should choose to devote its 1998 Winter Forums to 
France, in celebration of the 50th anniversaiy of the Junior Year ill 
France program, focusing on the topic "French Connections^ B'ance ^C- 
the Turn of the Millennium." : - . /.<- 

The first speaker, Senateur Andre Maman, was formerly a 
professor of French civihzation at Mnceton University, and has 
been a longtime supporter of our program. He was elected in 1993 for 
a nine-year term in the French upper house as one of the 12 
senateurs, out of a total of 32 1 , who represent the interests of French 
citizens living abroad, a constituency of 1 ,800,000 French citizens 
living in 1 58 countries. His topic was "French Political Life Today: 
Divisions and Consensus." According to Senateur iVIaman, French 
politics has always been "a game that attracts the best minds in 
France" because, since the Hme of the 18th-century philosophes, it 
has been "an opposition of ideals, of wishes, of dreams." But today 
this opposition has lost its bitterness, as both the Left and the Right 
have moved to a centrist position. All top politicians have graduated 
from the same school: both Jacques Chirac, the Gaullist president of 
France, and Lionel Jospin, his socialist prime minister, are graduates 
of the famous Ecole Nafionale d'Administration. Furthermore, wath 
the sole exception of those on the extreme Left and Right, all parties 
have reached a wide consensus which accepts the Gaullist consHtuHon 
of the Fifth Republic, supports France's participation in the European 
Union, agrees on national defense, foreign policy, education, and the 
need for a social safety net covering everyone living in France. 

The main divisions concern two of the most pressing problems 
facing contemporary France: immigration (in particular, access to 
French citizenship) and unemployment. On the first issue, the Left 
believes that anyone born in France should automatically be French, 
while the Right argues that becoming French should require a formal 
declaration from the person wanting to become French. The difference 
may seem minor but is tied to the problem of immigration: France has 
4,200,000 immigrants, of whom 100,000 become French each year. 
All parties agree that immigration should be slowed down and 

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Andre /^aman; President /^uhlenfsld; Emile 
Long/ois. Virecfor. Junior Year in France 



restricted to family 
members of immigrants 
already in France or to 
foreigners with a job offer. 
They also agree that illegal 
immigration should be 
strongly discouraged. 

Their other area of 
difference is unemploy- 
ment, or rather the policy 
the Government should 

adopt to fight unemployment. The figures are staggering: France has 
3,100,000 unemployed or 12.4 % of its working population. Such a 
high proportion would normally create social unrest, but since the 
State provides the unemployed with a minimum income (ranging from 
$400 to $800 a month), in spite of recent incidents such as the 
occupation of some offices and schools by unemployed workers 
seeking an end-of-year boiuis of $500, and the burning of cars in 
suburbs with a large proportion of unemployed, this safety network 
has so far prevented a social explosion. The Socialist government has 
proposed the creation of 700,000 new jobs, 350,000 in the public 
sector, 350,000 in the private sector. But, since France already has 
5,200,000 civil servants, far more than other European coimtries, the 
Right refuses to add to that number. In the private sector, the 
government hopes that two measures will create new jobs. It claims 
that the lowering of the workweek from 39 to 35 hours (without loss 
of salary) should create 200,000 jobs by the year 2000. The Right 
contests the assumption that there is a total amount of labor which, 
divided between more people, will create more jobs. The other 
proposal is for 1 50,000 jobs to be created by lowering the retirement 
age from GO to 55. Here again the Right questions how such 
retirement can be financed. French people do not feel that any of the 
parties has real solutions, and are tired of seeing the same politicians 
propose remedies which have failed. At each recent election they have 
rejected the party in power because of its inability to solve the 
problem of unemployment. However, one reason 
politicians cannot solve these problems is 
because, while all Frenchmen agree on the need 
for solidarity, they refuse to give up any of the 
benefits they enjoy. 




SWEET BRIAR A L U M S; \ E M A G A Z I \ E ' S II M M E R / F A L L 1?93 



The second speaker, Jean-Pierre Cauvin, professor of French 
at the University of Texas at Austin, examined what the French 
claim is "The French Exception," and asked wliether that exception is a 
myth or a reality. He began by describing the mood in France as grim. 
The French feel that the country is at a crossroad: they wish to 
preserve their identity, but realize that their world is changing rapidly, 
driven by outside forces. Unfortunately, the nation seems rudderless 
and true leadership is sorely lacking. 

The French constantly claim that their problems are specifically 
French. Professor Cauvin agreed that there is indeed a French 
specificity, made up of traditions, practices, "within a model that is 
specifically French in matters relating to lifestyle, to language, to 
cultural and societal norms, to politics, to the economy." Everyone 
wants to preserve the douceur de vivre, a lifestyle given over to the 
enjoyment of the better, gentler, sweeter things in life. This "art of 
living" even includes an "art of loving," according to a recent book by 
J. J. Pauvert entitled: L'amour a la frangaise, ou I'exception fran<;aise[ 

The French defend and promote their language through institutions 
such as the Academic Frangaise and the Comite de Defense de la 
Langue Fran?aise. Only a few weeks ago, the secretary of the Academic 
sent a scalding letter to the president of the Republic, because some 
women ministers were calling themselves "Madame la A/linistre" 
when, since the French language has no feminine form for "ministre," 
they should be called "Madame le Ministre"! In France, language is 
not merely "a kind of verbal or vkTiting currency allowing 
communication," it is a "work of art." In the same way, the French 
revere their literature. Professor Cauvin remarked that in no other 
country would millions of TV viewers settle happily in front of their 
sets once a week to watch and hear people talk about books m such 
programs as Bernard Pivot's "Apostrophe" or "Bouillon de Culture." 

In spite of spectacular successes such as the T.G.V. (High-Speed 
Train), the Ariane aerospace European program, and the nuclear 

energy prcgram, which put France in the forefront of scientific and 

technological research, he 
noted that she is lagging 
badly in developing and 
marketing the results of 
that research. 

Echoing Senateur 
Maman's remarks. 
Professor Cauvin 
bemoaned the failure of 
the political class to offer a 
courageous and coherent 
game plan which would 
enable France both to 
preserve its "French 
excepHonalism" and at the same time coax the country into the 21st 
century. Nowadays the elites (the term is often used in the plural) and 
even French "intelligence" are being called into question. "I'exception 
frangaise" has become "le retard frangais" (French backwardness). 
Historically, France has experienced social upheavals every 30 or 40 
years. The last one was in 1968. Is a new one due? The truckers' strike 
which paralyzed France and most of western Europe for several days 




Alary thorns Oamble Booth 50. JYF H&-H9 

& member. Winter Forums Committee; 

Jean-Pferre Cauvin 




A\. franc;oi5 3ujon de I Estang: 
President ^uhlenfeld 



in 1 996 showed that fuses are short. Will France overcome its present 
malaise to follow the other European countries toward a mixture of 
social democracy and controlled capitalism? He concluded, echoing 
Andre Froissard , that unfortunately "the French love revolutions, but 
hate change." 

The third speaker, M. Francois Bujon de I'Estang, 
Ambassador of France to the United States, was eagerly awaited 
at a time when our two countries seemed to have serious 
disagreements over the Iraq crisis. He chose to speak on "France, 
Europe and the 
Transatlantic Partnership." 
He emphasized the 
European dimension of 
France, and began with a 
paradox: France, one of the 
most influential countries 
in the world, is ready to 
relinquish part of its 
sovereignty to Europe. 
"France is still one of the 
seven or eight countries 

which wield influence in world affairs since it maintains a high- 
profile foreign policy and therefore enjoys high visibility on the world 
scene. It is also a country with personal interests in all corners of the 
world. With 58 million inhabitants, France is a medium -sized countiy, 
but in a key geographical position. Its GDP per capita is roughly equal 
to that of the U.S, therefore it is a rich country. It has a high level of 
education, is the 4th or 5th economy in the world, and the 4th 
exporter. It is also one of the five permanent members of the United 
Nations Security Council, one of the five nuclear powers in the 
military sense of the word, and a founding member of the G7. Yet, if it 
wants to maintain this world influence, it cannot do it alone, it needs 
to be part of Europe." 

While Professor Cauvin defined a specific French identity. 
Ambassador Bujon de I'Estang focused on France's European identity 
and argued that, in spite of "Euro-pessimism" due to high 
unemployment and low economic growth, Europe can be proud of its 
achievements: the exclusion of war, the reconciliaHon and cooperation 
between Germany and France, the economic union. He noted that 
European nations have much in common. They are societies 
characterized by "open borders, adhesion to free trade, liberal 
economies with varying degrees of state intervention, and a generous 
social safety net (health insurance, government-funded pension plans, 
free education, etc.)." For Ambassador Bujon de I'Estang the problem is 
"how to combine the aim of increased productivity which is needed in 
an era of global economic competition with the preservation of the 
rules of social solidarity that lie at the core of the European model." 
There are no easy answers, but the problems call for a unified 
European response. 

He noted that the years 1998-2002 will be very 
important for the European Union as the 
European Monetary Union, with the creation of a ^s 

single European currency, the Euro, will become a 
reality. In May the Union will decide on the 10 or 

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1 1 participating countries; on January 1 st, 1 999 the conversion rates 
will be irrevocably fixed; Euro banknotes and coins will be introduced 
by January 2002, and by July 1, 2002 all national banknotes and coins 
will be withdrawn. A single currency is the natural complement to the 
single market. It will bring price stability, eliminate exchange 
commissions, and help growth and employment. 

Ambassador Bujon de I'Estang believes that "the dynamic 
relationship between European construction and transatlantic 
cooperation is the major factor that will be shaping the international 
scene in the 2 1 st century. The strength and the depth of the 
transatlantic partnership rest on solid shared 
values and mterests, on an equal interest for a 
safer world, and on a complementarity in matters 
of trade. Europe is the most reliable, open, 
predictable partner for the United States." But 
Europe will not be "another economic giant and 
political dwarf." 

Europe regrets that the United Nations has 
become a kind of punching ball in the U.S. 
domestic policies. The U.N. is the only legitimate 
framework for settling disputes, while unilateral 
actions are a threat to international stability. He 
noted that the U.S. Congress tends to forget that 
the laws it passes (such as the Helms-Burton Act 
regarding foreign companies trading with Cuba or the D'Amato- 
Gilman Act on trade with Iran and Libya) do not apply to the rest of 
the world, and argued that all countries should abandon unilaterality 
and extra -territoriality. 

Finally, regarding Franco-American relations, Ambassador Bujon de 
I'Estang concluded: "We are frequently labeled in this country as a 
difficult ally. Tins is both unfair and inaccurate. We are not a difficult 
ally; we are a demanding friend. France is America's oldest and 
staunchest ally, the only major country in the world with whom the 
U.S. has never been at war. We are an old country, deeply rooted in 
history, but also a very modern power, medium-sized but gifted and 
ambitious, with global concerns. We have our own interests and we 
intend to defend them. We have our own views and we intend to 
express them. But we share the same beliefs and the same values as the 
United States." 

In the middle of the Iraq crisis Ambassador Bujon de I'Estang was 
not surprised that one of the questions at the end of his lecture 
addressed the French position toward Saddam Hussein. He answered 
that while France entirely agrees with the United States that Saddam 
Hussein must fully comply vdth the terms of the U.N Security Council 
resolutions, France believes that U.N. inspections can only be 
conducted with cooperation from Iraq. Bombing Iraq will not destroy 
all the weapons of mass destruction but will effectively put a stop to 
the U.N. inspections. If we want Iraq to cooperate, we must provide 
some incentives, because the aim of the U.N. resolutions is eventually 
to reintegrate Iraq in the community of nations. 



TI 
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habetle 3ajeux-3esnamou: John A Peiissier. 
member, Winter Forums Commitfee 



he final speaker, Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou, Professor of 
Finance at George Washington University, examined the problems 
addressed in the preceding forums from an economic point of view. 
While explaining the French economic system, she tried to answer a 
basic question: Is the French economic system, balanced between a free 
trade economy and a state social welfare system, sustainable in the long 
run? She noted that France's economic situation is relatively good with a 
GDP growth of 3% and a 1 .4% inflation rate; an industrial production 
which grew by 4.5% in 1997, the best results in 12 years and a faster 
growth than the other European countries; a positive balance of trade, 
with exports growing by 12% in 1997; industrial sectors which do 
extremely well: auto manufacture (4th in the 
world), electrical and electronics, aircraft and 
aerospace (3rd in the world), tourism (1st in the 
world), pharmaceutical, perfumes and luxury 
goods, etc. However, most of these industries thrive 
because they export. In 1 998, the East Asian crisis 
may slow down these exports at a time when the 
domestic consumption of manufactured goods 
remains weak. This is partly due to the 
unemployment rate of nearly 1 3 % which is 
predicted to fall only marginally in 1998. 

■■^ / -r:^ ; , ^ She went on to explain that the economy is also 

burdened by the social welfare system which it 
helps finance. This state social welfare system is comprehensive. For 
instance, the health insurance system covers anyone living in France: 
doctors have private practices, are paid by the patients who are 

I Subsequently reimbursed by the State; patients can see as many doctors 
as they wish, and can see a specialist without being referred by a 
generalist. She commented that it is no wonder that French people use 
more medicines than any other nation, or that the system is no longer 
financially sustainable. Similarly, luiemployment benefits for workers 
laid off for economic reasons cover S0% of the salary during the first 
year. Anyone over the age of 25 who has exhausted all his benefits is 
eligible for the RMI {Revemi Minimum d'ltxsertion) which is about $800 
a month. In fact the unemployed have become a political bloc. Being 
unemployed is now socially acceptable, and the country is divided into 
two halves: the employed and the unemployed. In addition there is the 
generous state retirement system (which badly needs to switch to a 
capitalization system) and the proposed reduction of the workweek to 
35 hours, not to mention the 5-week paid vacation every year. 

Professor Bajeux-Besnainou questioned whether France can sustain 
this welfare system, and concluded that in the long run, the answer is 
definitely no. The system must move closer to the Britisli or American 
system. This change will be slow, but without change the French 
economy will not perform at its top level. 

The picture of France presented by the four speakers was that of a 
countiy with many assets, but a country in crisis because it cannot 
change fast enough to adapt to the realities of the 2 1st century. France 
is, however, fortunate in one respect in that, 
through its conmutment to the European Union, 
some of those changes will be forced upon it, and 
because, as Professor Bajeux-Besnainou concluded, 
"Throughout history France has always found a way 
to overcome its difficulties." 



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An American in Paris 

By f\my 3oyce Osaki Si, (Sweet linar Junior Year m France, I9S1-SZ) 




" . . .see everything, enjoy 
everything, learn everything, 
and write me an excellent 
letter brimming over with 
your impressions. " 



In Paris, France on June 18, 1997, I entered the private garden at 
9 Place Vauban for the first time in 15 years. I rang the bell, and as I 
waited, I turned to admire the new gilt on the dome of Les Invalides where 
Napoleon is buried. The door "buzzed," admitting me to the foyer, and I 
entered. A short elevator ride and I was at the apartment where I had worked 
as an "au pair" while a student in Paris on Sweet Briar's lunior Year in France. 
The memories came rushing back. 

My year in Paris was a pivotal time in my lite. While there, I learned to 
think and even dream in French. In later years I used my conversational 
French skills in my work with the National Park Service, in graduate work at 
Winterthur Museum, and as Curator of Education at the Portland Art Museum. 
As an American Studies major at Sweet Briar, study abroad was an extension 
of my interdisciplinary degree in history, literature, and art history. I completed 
a lunior Honors independent study on Americans in Paris (Henry lames and 
Mark Twain) and a Senior Honors thesis on American collectors of French 
Impressionist art. I had selected Sweet Briar in part because of my desire to 
study in Paris, a desire which originated in the after-school French classes I 
took in elementary school. 

Paris is a fabulous city. Henry lames wrote in The Ambassadors: "...the 
Paris evening in short was. ..in the very taste of the soup, in the goodness, as 
he was innocently pleased to think, of the wine, in the pleasant coarse texture 
of the napkin and the crunch of the thick-crusted bread." On June 24, 1 997, 
I sat down to a three-hour dinner at Restaurant La Fontaine de Mars with 
glasses full of red wine ( vin noir de Cahors "La Bergerie"), crunchy French 
bread, salad, confit de canard and dessert of creme brulee. With me were 21 
travelers, all in Paris as clients on a trip called "Paris for Artists and Educators," 
run by my company. Walking Softly Adventures. For nine days, we lived in 
the 7"" arrondissement, or district, on the left bank between the Eiffel Tower 
and the Orsay Museum, the same district where I lived as a student. 

From dinner, it was a short walk past the little courtyard fountain to the 
grand Champ de Mars. Towering above us and lit from all directions stood 



Les Invalides. Pans 

the Eiffel Tower. After a cold wait in line, the elevator whisked us up the 
marvelous angled legs to the three different observation decks. My favorite is 
the second level where the views are expansive but the ground is still close 
enough to pick out individual landmarks. The lights of boats on the Seine 
traced the broad arc of the river below us. Earlier in the day we had floated 
along the river on the Bat-o-Bus. Without the loud tourist-oriented multi- 
language narration, the Bat-o-Bus glides along the river leaving you in peace 
to weave your own Parisian memories. My mind was filled with Edith Piaf's 
La Vie en Rose. We floated under the Alma bridge and the Alexander III 
bridge just north of Les Invalides. The familiar gilded dome towered above 
the banks of the Seine. We passed the Orsay Museum and disembarked at 
Notre Dame on the island called lie de la Cite. The north lower of the cathedral 
had just been reopened after extensive renovation, and we were among the 
first to climb the spiral staircase to gaze eye-to-eye with the now-gleaming 
gargoyles. On the balcony between the towers, we gazed across row upon 
row of flying buttresses. Down the twisted stair of the south tower we went, 
eventually emerging amid roller-skating teenagers on the plaza. We 
meandered along the north side of the island past the flower market and the 
Gothic masterpiece of Sainte Chapelle. Our goal was the Berthillon sorbet 
shop on the neighboring lie Saint Louis. It was worth the wait in line. Wild 
strawberry, hazelnut, and pear sorbet were my choices. 

As Americans in Paris, we were in good company. Americans, including 
nearly 2,000 artists, began flooding to Europe in the 19th century. As Mark 
Twain noted in The Innocents Abroad, "Broad, wholesome, charitable views 
of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of 
the earth all one's lifetime." For many artists, the goal was to visit Claude 
Monet at G iverny. Monet was less than thri lied. "When 
1 first came to Giverny I was quite alone, the little village 
was unspoiled," he wrote. "Now, so many artists, 
students, flock here, I have often thought of moving 
away." American artist Theodore Butler came, stayed, 

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painted, and married Monet's stepdaughter Suzanne. We visited Monet's 
home at Civerny, lingered in the garden, and explored the rest of the village. 
The American Museum at Civerny is a peaceful counterpoint to the bustle of 
Monet's gardens. It offers a wonderful cafe and is well worth the visit. Down 
the street stands the 19"'-century hotel where most of the American artists 
stayed during their pilgrimage to Civerny; its garden is a wild profusion of 
roses that time forgot. That evening, in a medieval building in the neighboring 

village of Vernon, we dined on 
pate, salmon, assorted cheeses, 
and apple tart with ample glasses 
of wine. 

The next day, from our 
temporary home in Paris, we 
visited the Rodin Museum. Soon 
after walking through the gates of 
this beautiful "mini-castle" we 
were treated to the sight of The 

Jrsoy r\u5eum, rons i i i i 

7n;nfcer, prominently placed in the 
garden with the dome of the Invalides in the background. Nearby stood a 
cast of The Gates of Hell, a project which Rodin worked on for 37 years, 
from 1 880 until 1917. Meant to serve as the doors for Paris' new Decorative 
Arts Museum, The Cates of Hell were never installed and the museum was 
never built. Two of Rodin's most famous sculptures. The Kiss and The Thinker, 
were designed as pieces of The Cates of Hell. We lingered in this spectacular 
little museum, admiring the work of Rodin, his mistress Camille Claudel, 
and his private collection of paintings that includes work by Van Cogh, Renoir, 
and Monet. The garden cafe provided a cool, quiet place to sip a cup of tea 
or an Orangina, have a light salad or soup, and gaze on Rodin's sculptures 
scattered around the gardens. 

"Paris leads everywhere. You can't go anywhere unless you come here 
first. Everyone that comes to Europe has got to pass through... You can't get 
tired of it. ..there is always something new and fresh." Henry lames. Portrait 
of a Lady, 'i 88]. 

The Orsay Museum, the Picasso Museum, and the Pyramid at the Louvre 
are "new" additions to Paris, added after my year at the Sorbonne. We spent 
hours at the Orsay Museum, marveling at the most comprehensive collection 
of 1 g^-century French art in the world. Assembled from paintings previously 
exhibited at the Louvre, the )eu de Paume, and other national museums, the 
Orsay can push you into art overload. "One can gorge sights to repletion as 
well as sweet meats," noted Mark Twain. We traced the development of 
Impressionism through the galleries and then took advantage of the cafe on 
the top floor. Seated at one of the cafe tables, we had a Charlie Chaplin view 
of the great clock that faces the Seine. We enjoyed a light lunch of quiche, 
salad, and cafe creme. To the right of the cafe, a broad rooftop terrace provides 
one of the best views of Paris, with vistas across the river to the Tuileries 
Cardens, the Louvre, and north to the white church of Sacre Coeur on top of 
Montmartre. As we left the museum, we marveled at the vision of an Italian 
architect who presumed to carve out art galleries in a former train station. 
The Orsay is definitely a powerful new addition to the Paris cityscape. 

On another day, we rode the 69 bus with the fashionably-dressed ladies 
of the 7th arrondissement. We crossed the Seine and disembarked at the 
Louvre. Towering above the plaza, cradled in the arms of the former palace 
of French kings, rose the ultramodern glass pyramid designed by I.M. Pei. 
Abhorred by the French when it was unveiled, the pyramid (like the Eiffel 
Tower) has won many converts, including me. Our group whisked past the 
two-hour line and accessed the museum via a special entrance. An escalator 
carried us below ground, and we stood beneath the pyramid. Here in the 
great hall, architect Pel's personality emerges. One would think that the use 

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of marble, chrome, and glass would create a cold and impersonal cavern. 
But in the hands of a master architect the materials harmonized to create a 
space that was filled with light and warmth. The surging and flowing of people 
added the reassuring sounds of life. 

We chose one of the four broad corridors leading off the main atrium 
under the pyramid, and entered another world. One of the surprises of the 
Louvre renovations was the discovery of the foundations of the original castle. 
We walked through the new exhibit on a route that proceeds along the bottom 
of the moat at the base of the fortified walls of the medieval Louvre. We 
emerged from the moat and climbed the stairs into the galleries. Even these 
old areas have been made new again. Now medieval Italian paintings by 
Ciotto hang in their glory in a state-of-the-art, climate-controlled gallery with 
filters on the lights and windows. In the north wing of the Louvre are the 
newly-opened Napoleon III rooms. The treasures of this magnificent museum 
truly shine in their new surroundings, and the renovation work continues, 
promising more surprises in coming years. 

Another new addition to the Parisian art scene is the Picasso Museum. 
After Picasso's wife Jacqueline Roque died in 1 990, the artist's family donated 
a vast collection of Picasso's art to France as a way to avoid paying estate 
taxes. The Museum now includes over 200 paintings and sculptures and 
more than 3,000 drawings and engravings by Picasso. We followed his life 
as evidenced in his art, and roamed through the beautiful rooms of the 1 7*- 
century mansion that houses the collection. We stepped out of the mansion 
and strolled along the garden paths, drawn by the smell of freshly-brewed 
coffee from the terrace cafe. Visiting museums in Paris can be such a civilized 
pursuit. If you are savvy, you can find the hidden treasures of Parisian museums 
without the crowds. 

" Vef our holiday flight has not been in vain — for above the confusion of 
vague recollections, certain of its best prized pictures lift themselves and 
will still continue to perfect in tint and outline after their surroundings shall 
have faded away." Mark Twain, The Innocents 
Abroad. 

The group's nine days in Paris came to a close. 
We spent our last evening together dining at Paris' 
oldest cafe, where Benjamin Franklin ate 
regularly and Diderot composed his ~"\ 
Encyclopedia. We had been Parisians for a week, /j 

and we celebrated over a meal of mushroom tart, 
leg of fowl with zucchini (jambonet volaille, 
gratin courgette), and the piece de resistance, 
"Paris-Brest," a splendid dessert inspired by a 

bicycle race! The next morning we said our Amy sippmg an Orangma 

farewells over coffee and croissants in a quiet m a French cafe 

courtyard in the "seventh." Soon each of us, with 

memories aplenty and suitcase in hand, would be leaving the City of Light. I 
boarded a sleek Thalys train and headed north to the Netherlands. I stayed 
with Marijtje van Duijn '87 and reminisced about my time in Paris. I know 
that a part of me will always remain along the Seine. 

Amy Boyce Osaki '83 owns Walking Softly Adventures, a specialty travel 
company. She returned to Paris with a group in July 1 998, and will also lead 
an art adventure to Holland. Other 1998 trips include hiking adventures in 
the Italian Dolomites, Norway, the Pyrenees, and the Polish Tatras. You can 
reach her via e-mail: wsadventures@mtwo.com: by 
phone (503) 788-9017; fax (503) 788-0463; or mail: 
Walking Softly Adventures, P.O. Box 86273, Portland, 
OR 97286. Visit her website at: http://www.mtwo.com/ \ 
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Junior Year in France 50™ Anniversary Trip: Magnifiquei 




S3C JYFI Top row: Kay Leroy Wing 50; Kathenne £stes HI; Lee /Montague Watts '39; Betty Stanly Gates (3. 

30V, A3; 3everly Smith Brogg 5'^ Sarah Tarns Kreker 39; Vouglas Woods Sprunt 'H2; /Mildred '3ee Newman 

Thayer '&h BOD; Elizabeth Hetty" Forsyth Harris 60. I" row: Alary A\orris Gamble 3ooth '50; Katharine Kay 

Weisiqer Osborne HI; Vabney 3raqg Foshee '77; President /^uhlenfeld; O. Janelle Sherfy Straszheim IZ 

Carlo de Creny Freed 51; Audrey Lahman 'Rosselot H&; Lynn Crosby Oammill 5^. 

T une 4 - 1 7, 1 998, a congenial group of 44 participated in a very special trip to celebrate the 50"' anniversary 
I of the Sweet Briar College Junior Year in France (JVT) Program. Since 1948, this program has given over 
5000 American and Canadian college students the opportunity to study for a year in France. 

The June trip, sponsored jointly by the SBC Alumnae Association and the jYi Program, sought, through its 
itinerary, to recreate a mini "Junior Year in France." President Muhlenfeld, her husband, Laurin WoUan, and 
Pamela and Emile Langlois, SBC Professor of French and Director of the ]YY Program went along, as did 
Robert G. IVlarshall, former director of the prcgram. 

Thirty-four travelers enjoyed a delightful six-day transatlantic crossing on the newly-refitted i^ueen 
Elizabeth 2, said to set the standard for ocean liner travel. Former J'YFers aboard said this trip was slightly 
more luxurious than their student days! After docking at Southampton, the group traveled by Eurostar (with 
an unexpected one -hour stop in the Chunnel itself!) from London to Paris, and then on to the Loire Valley. 
Everyone (including ten more who had flown directly to Paris), settled into the magical medieval world of the 
Hotellerie du Prieure St. Lazare, part of the Abbey of Fontevraud (a fitting setting, since the 12"'-centuiy 
abbey, consisting of five priories including a monastety, was traditionally run by a woman). The group, guided 
by art historian Carol Cardon (who had everyone to lunch!), spent several leisurely days filled with sight- 
seeing, concerts, and visits to surrounding chateaux. A day in Tours, the lively little city which for five decades 
has welcomed J'YF students during their orientation period, ended with an elegant reception hosted by 
M.Jean-Pierre Tolochard, 'Vice Mayor for Culture and hiternational Relations, at the magnificent Hotel de 
Ville, Tours' historic city hall. 

En route to Paris, there was a stop in Chartres for a private tour, led by distinguished scholar Malcolm 
Miller, of the incomparable Gothic Cathedral, famed for its brilliant stained glass windows. 

The celebration culminated with a four-night stay in Paris where the full program of activities included a 
private reception at the American Cathedral; a tour of the new Richelieu wing at the Louvre; a visit to Monet's 
home and its glorious gardens in Giverny, and a private party at the Musee Jacquemart Andre for Sweet Briar 
and JCT alumnae/alumni living in Paris. 

Two very special evenings in succession ended the stay: On June 15, M. and Mme. Vincent Negre (Mary 
Pauline Delahusse '65) hosted the entire group for dinner at their charming apartment filled with stunning 
contemporaiy art, and the following night. Senator Andre Maman (who lectured at SBC last January) hosted 
an elegant Farewell Dinner at the French Senate — a final testimony to the high esteem in which the J'^T 
prc^rara is held in France. 

The final verdict: the trip was incroyable. No one wants to wait another 50 years to return. 



A\. Jean-Vierre Tolochard, Mice tAayor tor Culture and 
International 'Relations, Tours 




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Shivers; Alory /Morris Gamble 3ooth '50; Edward 
Domberq. Front "Robert G. /Marshall, former director, 
JYF; Emile Lanqlois, director, JYF. 




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The Map 

By Vevon \Ja5concelio5, 513>C Class of 1999. 3oulder. CO. Sweet l}>riar Junior Year in France 1991-98 

At the end of my first week in Paris, while planning a weekend trip to Switzerland, I bought a map of Europe. It's huge. 
So big, in fact, that I decided to put it on the wall over my bed instead of going to the trouble of unfolding it each time 
I wanted an impromptu geography lesson. After my trip, I colored the Swiss territory with a purple colored pencil. A 
month later, I turned Armistice Day into a five-day weekend II don't think I was the only one...), and as a result, 
England got colored pink on my map. 

Since then, I've only been gaining momentum. I've been writing papers, getting used to Paris, and trying to 
improve my French without getting too discouraged that I can't tell the difference between dessous and dessus when I 
hear them. I have decided that this year is definitely about more than cours maglstraux, credits, and textbooks — sure, I 
go to classes, but sometimes I feel like I'm only treading water during the week until it's time to hop on the train on 
Friday. I look at that big map on my wall, my eyes scanning city names until I find one that looks interesting. 
"Bratislava? No one goes there. Maybe that'll be my next trip." So it was. 

I remember the afternoon I spent in London's Cabinet War Rooms — my map is almost as big as those in Winston 
Churchill's Map Room, but I am lucky enough to be in Europe at a time when "conquering" a country means seeing 
the sights before returning to the safety of my apartment in Paris' sixieme. Honestly, though, some of the most 
memorable trips I've taken have been the ones where I end up thinking, "Hey, wait, I've learned about that" — the 
D-Day beaches in Normandy, for example, or Dachau — so I guess my studies and my travels have all come together 
in the end. 

That's without a doubt one of the most rewarding parts of studying somewhere so rich in history. Whether one's 
interests lie more in Roman history or with World War II, there's always going to be a site historique impressionnantto 
take in before a stop at the Hofbrauhaus, the nearby patisserie, or a sidewalk gelateria. I hope I never forget a moment 
of it. 

I plan to take the map home with me as one of many souvenirs of my time here. I'm already 
wondering how I'll get everything in my two suitcases. The map is still huge— but Europe seems 
a lot smaller now. 

Devon's comments were originally published in the junior Year in France Bulletin, May 1998. 




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Sweet Briar Ranks 21st on List of Nation's "Most Wired" Colleges 

SBC Tops List of Women's Colleges and Snull Libenil Arts Colleges 



Sweet Briar College is in the thick of the 
information revolution, holding its own with 
such science and technology giants as MIT, 
CalTech, and Virginia Tech. 

■rt-'tTiUf V 15* fell?!) In its May 1 998 issue, Va/ioo /ntemef 

*' Life magazine ranked Sweet Briar 2 1 st on its 
list of "America's 1 00 Most Wired Colleges" 
and third among the category of "small liberal arts colleges." Sweet 
Briar was also the highest-ranking women's college on the list. Only 
one other women's college made the list: Wellesley was ranked 87*. 

The other Virginia institutions which made the list were Virginia 
Tech, ranked 15"' and UVA, IG'". Dartmouth is the top-ranked college 
overall; Emerson College is the highest-ranking liberal arts college. 

The survey takes into account all aspects of a wired campus: 
network infrastructure, social life, use of e-mail and the world wide 
web, administrative services - but focused primarily on the academic 
benefits of using the internet. The grovdng use of online course 
material and online work and discussion is changing the way students 
learn. 

What makes Sweet Briar so far ahead in technology? We prepare 
students to be active, responsible members of a world that is rapidly 
changing through technolcgy. 

Technology is a critical component of life at Sweet Briar and life 
after college. Access to a well-equipped computer and computer 
literacy are necessary for Sweet Briar course work, research, and for 
accessing the internet, the world wide web, and e-mail. 

The role of technology at Sweet Briar is not only to teach students 
specific software or systems but also to prepare them to function 
competently in a complex world of diverse technologies. Toward this 
goal. Sweet Briar integrates computers throughout the curriculum so 
that students become experts in learning technolcgy whenever it is 
needed. 

• All SBC students receive e-mail accounts and have unrestricted 
access to create web pages. Internet and computer training is 
available to all students and faculty. 

• Campus multimedia computer labs provide 24 -hour access to 
Pentium and Macintosh machines, printers, and special peripherals, 
free of charge. 



The shident-to-computer ratio is 6: 1. 

Eveiy dormitory room, classroom, and office is wired to the campus 
computer network through a fiber optic backbone that allows high- 
speed ethernet communications. Access to the global internet is 
achieved through Virginia Education and Research Network 
(VERNET), which allows students, faculty, and administrators to 
exchange e-mail, access bulletin boards, and exchange files with any 
of thousands of computers around the world, free of charge. 

Sweet Briar Student Wins Marshall Scholarship 

Catherine Patricia O'Brien '99, from Warrenton, VA, was 
recently selected as a George C. Marshall Undergraduate 
Scholar by the George C. Marshall Foundation in Lexington, 
VA. 

An anthropology major, Catherine was one of 20 students 
from Virginia colleges chosen by their professors for the honor. 
She will be doing research at the Marshall Library to develop a 
paper relating to the manuscript collections there, focusing on 
the Marshall Plan as the beginning of the Americanization of 
European institutions. 

"My research has been a learning process in and of itself," 
she said. "It has given me an additional opportunity to work 
closely with faculty from Sweet Briar College, Washington and 
Lee, and the Marshall Foundation on a complex issue." 

The Marshall Research Library is the repository for the papers 
of General George C. Marshall, who served as Army Chief of 
Staff during World War II, and later as Secretary of Defense. As 
author of the Marshall Plan for foreign economic assistance 
following World War II, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 
in 1953, the only professional soldier to be so honored. 

The Marshall LJndergraduate Scholarship Program offers 
outstanding students a chance to use original resources to 
develop research papers, which become part of the permanent 
collections of the library. A $200 award is presented to the 
scholar upon completion of the research paper, and an 
additional $500 award is given to the author of the paper 
considered to be the most outstanding of the year. 



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Kimberley McGraw Euston '92: Wall Street Banker Shares Hot Tips With Students 

3y ^nn t^acDonald 91, Alumnae 'Programs Coordinator, Sweet l^riar College 




Kimberley McGraw Euston '92 
returned to Sweet Briar last spring 
as part of the Alumna -in - 
Residence Prcgram sponsored by 
the Alumnae Office. Through this 
program, Sweet Briar alumnae of 
all ages, geographic locations, and 
occupational fields visit campus to 
deliver lectures, participate in 
discussions with students, teach or 
serve as guest speakers in the 
classroom, and offer detailed 
advice on charting a successful path in the "real world." 

Kimberley, an international affairs major, works on Wall 
Street as an associate with J. P. Morgan. Her expertise in 
international banking and finance, and her willingness to share 
her life-after-Sweet-Briar experiences, captivated students and 
faculty alike as she: 

• spoke with prospective Sweet Briar students and their parents 
about her career trading foreign stocks on Wall Street; 

• participated in an Alumnae Office Panel on "Networking and 
Internship Opportunities," describing her Sweet Briar 
experiences and how they prepared her for her career; 

• spoke to Professor Barbara Perry's class on "Constitutional 
Law," and to Professor Reuben Miller's senior seminar in 
economics; 



• met with students privately to offer advice on writing 
resumes for jobs in business, and hints on adjusting to the 
fast pace of life in New York City. 

Alumnae taking part in this program provide an impressive 
and extremely helpful networking outlet for students. 
Kimberley, in speaking of her experiences, told the students, "It 
was so wonderful to prove that even though a young woman 
attends a small liberal arts college for women, she is exposed to 
the greatest of internship possibilities, and the recruitment of 
the big Fortune 500 companies." Alumnae convey to students 
that there is, in fact, life after Sweet Briar; and that, whatever a 
young woman chooses to do, her Sweet Briar degree opens a 
world of opportunity. 




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-■- .rn students m the H^stro. 



New Academic Calendar 



As an integral part of its new strategic plan, Sweet Briar 
College has changed its academic calendar from 4-1 -4, with 
a short term in January, to two 1 5-week semesters. The fall 
semester begins August 31, 1998, and ends December 18. 
Spring semester 1999 runs from January 11 through April 
29. Sweet Briar's 90"' Commencement will take place on 
Saturday, May 1 . 

The new calendar offers several advantages to Sweet Briar 
students: 

• It will incorporate additional opportunities for students 
to learn in a flexible environment. SBC is expanding on- 
campus intensive study opportunities, such as 
independent studies and directed studies, on-campus 
internships, off-campus travel/study, and other 
experiential learning. As part of this effort, the Career 
Services Office is also expanding its programs. 



It assures a complete and rigorous course of study in every 
discipline, which is of primary importance as technological 
advances in every area of study have added a new 
dimension to what it means to be competent. 

It's in sync with the calendars of other area colleges, 
allowing easier cross-registration with Hampden-Sydney, 
Lynchburg, and Randolph-Macon Woman's colleges, 
adding to the number and variety of course offerings 
available. 

It will allow SBC students a head start at undertaking 
internships, as well as the chance for longer and more 
rewarding summer job experiences. With spring term 
ending April 29, they will be able to begin internships 
earlier than students from many other colleges. 



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1998 Presidential Medalists 



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The Presidentml Medal recognizes seniors wIioa- 
accomplislunents have demonstrated exemplary inlellectii^i 
achievement and. in addition, distinction in conwumity sen'ice, 
leadership, athletic achievement, and contributions to the arts 
and to community discourse. Honorees receive a replica of the 
president's medallion, which was first presented to former SBC 
president Barbara Hill at her inauguration in 1 t>t> 1 . 

Catherine Carrington Zahrn of Cartersville, GA and Ki'isty.^ 
Ellen Winstead of Louisville. KY are the 1 998 Presidential 1 
Aledalists. 

Catherine Zahrn double- 
majored in psycliolpgy and dance. Her 
career objective is to pursue a master's 
degree in dance ethnolcgy at the 
University of Haw^aii and to join the 
Peace Corps. "She has a strong desire 
to help people in other countries," 
^^^^^^^ said SBC President Elisabeth 

amA ^^^H^B — ■ Muhlenfeld in conferring the award. 
^B ,^^^B^^H ^ "She's committed to bettering our 
^V '^^^^^^^HM world in a most positive way." 

Catherine was a Pannell Scholar, a Dean's Scholar, received 
First-Year Honors and was on the Dean's List. She made significant 
contributions to the College in the arts, in community discourse, 
and in the leadership of the Residential Life program. She was a 
member of "Taps-N-Toes" (Sweet Briar's honorary dance club), 
serving as the club's president her senior year, and was actively 
involved in the Sweet Briar Environmental Program; Circle K Club, 
receiving the Circle K Distinguished Secretary Award; Unity; 
Chapel Committee; and Habitat for Humanity. 

She performed in numerous dance concerts at the College and 
also performed at nursing homes and in schools in and around 
Amherst County. In the 1 996 fall dance concert, she 
choreographed a trio based on the architecture of Sweet Briar's 
architect Ralph Adams Cram, and on the tradition of lantern 
bearing. Called "Vaulted Reflections," this choreography was 
chosen to represent best student work in an anthology of student, 
faculty, and staff achievements prepared last fall. 

Catherine spent her junior year at Murdoch University in 
Australia, where she became interested in aboriginal dance and 
ethnology. She has also traveled to Switzerland, France, Monaco, 
England, Martinique, and the West Indies. 

Her work resume already is extensive, reflecting a variety of 
interests and accomplishments. She taught creative movement to 
third-graders at Amherst's Central Elementary School, and was a 
dance program director and cabin counselor at Camp 
Merriewoode in Sapphire, NC, where she taught daily classes and 
chorecgraphed and directed two dance concerts. She was a 




resident assistant at Sweet Briar; worked in the College's Science 
Libraiy; served as a hospital volunteer at the Riverview Regional 
Medical Center in Gadsden, AL; and taught ballroom dancing at 
the Danville, VA Golf Club. She also taught at a YMCA after-school 
program called "Jump Up and Dance," which is directed by Sweet 
Briar's Dance Department. 

Kristy Ellen Winstead 
completed her Sweet Briar degree in 
December 1997, earning a bachelor 
of science in biology summa cum 
laude with a double minor in 
chemistiy and dance. She returned to 
campus last spring to work in the 
Development Office, and entered 
medical school at the University of 
Texas Health Science Center, San 
Antonio last sununer. 

Kristy was the recipient of 
numerous scholarships and awards, including the Distinguished 
Collegian Award from the Kiwanis Club, the Dallas Rotarian 
Scholarship for four consecutive years, and the Betty Bean Black 
Scholarship. She earned First- Year Honors; was a member of Alpha 
Lambda Delta, the first -year honor society; was on the Dean's List; 
and was named to Who's Who Among Students in American 
Universities and Colleges. An SBC Honors Research Fellow, her 
paper, "A Study of the Brain Structure of Glycera Dibranchiata," 
was published in the Honors Journal, where she was cited for her 
contributions to the NIH grant studying dithiophosphates and their 
antiviral/antionccgene properties. 

Kiisty did independent study in dance medicine; was a teaching 
assistant and head tutor in both the Biology and Chemistry 
deparhTients; was a head laboratoiy technician in the Biology 
Department; taught various labs on genetics and on computers 
(both PC and Mac platforms); and was a student member of the 
Instruction, Academic Affairs, and Faculty Grants committees of 
the College's Board of Directors. 

Service to her community included volunteering for the 
Muscular Dystrophy Telethon; participating in the "Stand for 
Children Rally" in Washington, DC; and work with Habitat for 
Humanity. For two years, she was a resident assistant at SBC, and 
from 1995-1997 served the Admissions Office as tour guide 
chairwoman. She received the Circle K Award for "Outstanding 
Member for Community Service Contributions" and served the 
Circle K Club as its president and district historian. 

"Kiisty is clearly a young woman of tremendous 
accomplishment, leadership, compassion, and grace," said 
President Muhlenfeld in presenting the award. 



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Student Curates Groundbrealciug Art Exliibit 



Art history major Stacy Sharpes '98, 
from Marlinton, WV, has done 
something most undergraduates 
only dream of — curated a full-scale 
groundbreaking art exhibition from 
start to finish. The exliibit featured 
two "visionary" artists, a genre that 
has received little attention from the 
mainstream art world. 

Stacy worked for more than six 
months on the project, building the 
exhibit from the ground up. Under 
the direction of Rebecca Massie 

Lane, dii-ector of Sweet Briar Galleries, and art histoiy professor Diane 
iVIoran, Stacy selected the topic, found the artists, found collectors, 
arranged to borrow the works, and researched and wrote the entire 
catalog. She installed the exhibition and coordinated all the publicity. 

"I can think of no other institutions that would put a project of this 
magnitude in the hands of an undergraduate student," said Professor 
Moran. "Student-curated exliibits are often drawn from the College's 
own collection. Not only did Stacy assemble works from private 
sources but, because so little research has been done on her topic, 
she's done original research to find primaiy source material to 
assemble the catalcg." "This is a perfect example of the kind of 
learning experience a Sweet Briar student receives that no other 
college or university can offer," added Rebecca Lane. "Stacy had the 
College Galleries and all of their attributes at her disposal." 

Stacy conceived the idea of an "outsider" or "visionary" exhibit 
while conducting research at the American Visionary Ai't Museum in 
Baltimore, working in its libraiy and exliibition halls. An interview 
with museum director Rebecca Hoffberger fueled the interest. She 




quickly began to focus on artist 
Myrtice West and the subject of 
apocalyptic art, later discovering 
the work of The Reverend 
McKendree Long. 

"As the millennium 
approaches, I think we're going to 
see a lot more interest in 
apocalyjitic art like this," said 
Stacy. "It was a challenge to put it 
all together, but it's exciting to 
know that I'm among the first 
people to do serious work on 



these visionaries.' 



"Outsider artists" are people who dwell on the fringes of society — 
the insane, the incarcerated, the handicapped, the visionary, and the 
reclusive. They have never received formal art training, are not 
motivated by the sale of their work, and are unaware of the art world 
and its forms and traditions. They are driven by an intense personal 
need to create, often using irregular materials such as house paint, bed 
sheets, or linoleum. 

Perhaps the most mystical branch of outsider art is "visionary art." 
Visionary artists produce prophetic visions that they have received 
either in vivid dreams, hallucinations, or encounters with angels and 
extraterrestrials. These revelations often reflect deep religious 
experiences for the artists, and many claim to have been called by God 
to create them. The approaching year 2000 has inspired many people, 
including these visionary artists, to turn to the Book of Revelation and 
its visions of the apocalypse, Armageddon and the Second Coming of 
Christ. 



Sweet Briar Riders Place Third at National Championships 



The Sweet Briar College varsity riding team took third place overall at the 
Affiliated National Riding Committee (ANRC) Intercollegiate 
Championships, held April 25-26 at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD. 

len Lampton '01 , from Berkeley, CA, won the individual hunter seat 
equitation competition, and with teammate Cara Meade '01, from King 
George, VA took first place in the team portion of that competition, jen 
placed eighth overall and, with Cara, placed third in team dressage and 
fourth in team hunter trials equitation. Cara placed fifth in both individual 
dressage sportif and hunter equitation, and seventh overall. 

Sweet Briar also took first place in the written portion of the competition, 
with jenn Hogan '98, from East Meredith, NY winning first place and Tina 
Brady '99, from Verona, Wl taking third. Three riders placed high in the 
individual overall competition: Katie Whitlock '99, from Gordonsville, VA 
(14th), Tina Brady (19th), and jenn Hogan (20th). 



The ANRC Championship meet consists of both team and individual 
competitions in five categories: dressage sportif, hunter trials equitation (cross 
country), hunter seat equitation (stadium jumping), written (theory and horse 
science) and overall. 

The Sweet Briar riding team, under the direction and coaching of Paul 
Cronin, has been the ANRC National Champion or Reserve Champion in 
14 of the past 19 years. In May, Paul celebrated his 30th anniversary as 
director of Sweet Briar's nationally-recognized riding program. 

The final overall team results were: St. Lawrence University (1 58.12), St. 
Andrew's Presbyterian College (157.28), Sweet Briar College (152.61), 
Goucher College (1 52.30), University of Virginia (1 51 .1 6), and Mt. Holyoke 
College (141 .62). 



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SBC Dining Experience Gets New Flavor 




If you've eaten in Prothro Commons recently, it's hard not to 
notice that things are different. The lines move more quickly, 
h's easier to raid the Deli Bar. You eat squid for lunch. What? 
Squid? Excuse me, fried calamari. "The calamari was great," 
said Kelly Bowman '98, from Pescadero, CA. "Awesome!" 

Food Services Director Kevin Phelps and new Executive Chef 
Tim Pritchett are shaking things up at Prothro. The duo has 
been adding new items to the menu, and special theme days- 
like the popular Mexican buffet. 

Formerly under the direction of Archie Waldron, who is 
now director of the College's Auxiliary Services, Sweet Briar's 
Food Service has been ranked by the Princeton Review for 
several years in a row as one of the best in the country, so 
Kevin and Tim have a hard act to follow. 

During the first week of the 1998 spring term, lunchgoers 
were treated to such tasty fare as a foccacia sub, jerk chicken 
sandwich, spanakopita, and barbecued chicken with meat so 
tender it fell right off the bone. A big surprise winner for the 
week was a grilled veggie sandwich (grilled eggplant, zucchini, 
and butternut squash with mozzarella cheese on a sourdough 
roll). The sandwiches went so quickly that Chef Tim and his 
crew had to rush back into the kitchen to prepare more. "We've 
had a lot of requests for more vegetarian meals," said Tim, 
"from vegetarians and from people who are just trying to eat 
healthy." 

Salads are big; diners are sampling new specialty salads on 
Monday and Friday lunches and at Wednesday dinner: Greek 
salad with feta cheese and black olives. Chicken Caesar salad 
with crisp Romaine lettuce and fresh seasoned croutons, and 
Hot Smoked Salmon salad. Specialty salads are set up at the 
head of the salad bar with a demo plate to guide you as you 
build your masterpiece. 

Service tables are another new feature: hungry breakfast 
eaters may select toppings and watch the cook prepare their 



very own made-to-order omelets on Monday, Wednesday and 
Friday. Others look for specialty pasta tables at dinner. 

And diners aren't shy about making suggestions. Catherine 
Peek '0 1 , from Winchester, VA told Tim and Kevin about her 
mom's lemon biscuits. "We said that we'd love to try them," 
said Tim. "Her mom had just mailed a batch to her, so she ran 
up to her room and brought some back. We're going to try 
them on our menu." 

Tim Pritchett joined Sweet Briar dining services as executive 
chef midway through fall semester. Easily identified by his 
trademark "chef's pants" and snappy comments on the 
suggestion board, he has made his presence known on campus. 
"We took our time finding the right person for the executive 
chef position," said Kevin Phelps. "There were several 
candidates with excellent credentials, but we knew that Tim 
would be the best fit for Sweet Briar. We needed a 'people 
person' who could listen to the students and their needs." 

Tim brings 1 1 years of experience in the kitchen. He earned 
an associate degree in the culinary arts from the Culinaiy 
Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, where he also completed 
a 30-week continued program in baking and pastry. His list of 
credentials includes an externship at the Mansion on Turtle 
Creek in Dallas, TX; the position of garde manager chef at the 
One Market Restaurant in San Francisco, CA; and a stint as chef 
tournant at the City Grill in Atlanta, GA. Then he returned 
home to Lynchburg, where he served tours as executive chef at 
Sachiko's International Restaurant and the Boonsboro Countiy 
Club. 

"It's common for a chef 
to move from place to 
place early in his career," 
says Tim. "Eighteen to 24 
months is average. But 
you're doing it for the 
experience. Every place 
you work, you learn 
something new. It's like a 
continuation of school. 
This is a great place to 
work. The crew is great, 
the people are friendly, and 
I'm back in my hometown 
near my family." 

EKecutive Chef Tim Pnfcheff 




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\ — ^rarah Babcock '83 welcomed 

C_^^ guests to the Riding Reunion 

Weekend's first event, a dinner party 

at the Wailes Student Center, Friday 

evening. May 8, noting that: "Reunions 

are very special events — festive 

occasions — marked by the joy of 

reconnecting, of reexamining moments 

of our lives stored in memory, of 

^ reliving experiences shared with close 

'■ friends, and teachers, and mentors. 

Reunions let us blend the past with the 

present, and encourage us to look 

forward into the future. Reunions also 

often hold surprises. 

"This Reunion is no exception. 
Tonight more than 100 riding 
enthusiasts have gathered to join Sweet 
Briar College in a surprise celebration 

in honor of a close friend, a valued colleague, an exceptional 
teacher, an admired mentor. Paul Cronin, we are here to celebrate 
your 30 years as Director of Riding at Sweet Briar College!" 

That set the special tone for the evening. And there were other 
surprises to follow. After dinner, Peggy Jones Wyllie '45, Chair of 
the Betts Challenge Steering Committee, took the podium, first to 
thank members of her committee. Ford and Rejje Cramer, Parents 
Chaircouple; Stephanie Bredin Speakman '68 and Mary Fleming 
Willis Finlay '66, Leadership Gifts Co-Chairs; and Makanah 
Dunham Morriss '66 and Katherine Baker Sydnor '66, Special 
Gifts Co-Chairs. Then Peggy said: "Many of you know that this 

\past year we have been seeking financial support for our Riding 
^ogram endowments — our goal is to raise $1 million, to be 
matched from the estate of Audrey Teal Betts '45. My thanks to 
all who have answered our call so generously. We have received 
one gift for a specific building enhancement project. You will 
/ / notice that the stable yard in front of the Harriet Howell Rogers 
'\J)'-Riding Center has been spruced up to look like a proper stable 
yard. A plaque will be added in a prominent position. The plaque 
reads: 'This Stable Yard is named The Cronin Yard in honor of 
Paul D. Cronin in celebration and grateful recognition of his thirty 
years of outstanding service as Director of Riding. Given by Paul's 
many friends. May 9, 1998 

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Paul enjoys his SBC Captains Chair, ivith a plaque commemorating 
'The Paul V. Cronin Chair in Hiding'. L-r. Toni Bredin lassie '77: 

Cathy Calello Staples 19: ftlletfa 3redin-Bell IH: Ann Cronin: 

Catherine Cronin (Paul s dauqhter-in-lawl Peqqy Jones Wyllie H5: 

Sarah Babcock S3: Vavid Cronin (Paul's son}, f^arqaretta Bredin 

Brokaw 10: Stephanie Bredin Speakman Qi. 



There was more to come as Peggy-^ 
ceded the podium to Presidentv j 
Muhlenfeld, who said: "It is «o \' 
surprise to any of us that Sweet Briar's 
Riding Program is well knowm, and is 
a major 'plus' in the enrollment (and \ 
retention) of scholar-riders. For 
instance, more than 33 percent of the 
entering students indicate an interest 
in riding. One of the reasons that 
students are interested in the Riding 
Program is the reputation that Paul has 
acquired over the past 30 years. 

"Paul came to Sweet Briar in 1967 
when the Riding Program consisted of 
about 20 students who enjoyed 
recreational riding in modest facilities. 
Since then, Paul has developed a 
comprehensive curriculum which 
offers more than 20 courses ranging from basic riding position 
to advanced training of young horses. Three areas of emphasis in 
hunter/show horses, training and schooling, and hunter/cross 
country provide opportunities for all levels of riders, from expert 
to absolute beginner. 

"Paul also is a shining example for our College within the 
equestrian community. A recognized Affiliated National Riding 
Commission (ANRC) judge, and a No. 1 rated rider, he is highly 
r^arded as a judge, trainer, and educator. He has coached Sweet 
Briar teams to 14 ANRC national championships or reserve 
championships, and numerous Sweet Briar riders to the wirmer's 
circle in International Horse Show Association (IHSA)' 
competitions. His students have gone on to success in the 
international horse world as instructors, judges, and competitors./ 
This has not gone unnoticed! / 

"I am thrilled to be able to make a very exciting announcefflent 
The College has received an anonymous $500,000 endowment \ 
gift which, matched by the Betts Challenge, names an endowed 
Chair in Riding. This chair is to be known as the Paul D. Cronin 
Chair in Riding. It will help ensure that we always have the caliber 
of riding instruction for which Paul is recogmzed. Surprise^ PauS 
And Congratulations]"" 




SWEET BRIAR A L U M \ ,\ E M A G A Z I Si E ' 5 LI M M E R / F A L L 199S 




Clockwise from directly above: 

• Vwian Yama^uchi Cohn 11: fidelatSe Eshbach 1^. 

• Paul responds to the surprise qift of the plaque naming 
the stable yard in his honor 

• Gathered for dinner l-r Sarah Babcock 53; Ford Cramer 
'Rejje Cramer. A\eg "Richards Wiederseim IS. 

• Airs. Paul (Ann) Cronin. 

• Keedie Grones Leonard %. 53C Pidinq Center /Aanaqer 

• President fAuhlenfeld: 'Surprise. Paul! And 
Congrafu/ationsf 

• f\pplausel Applausel 

• S3C Professor of f\rt History ftileen Lainq 51. offers 
conqratulations. 



Photos by Vavid Abrams. Litile Pond Productions 




By Vivian Yamaguchi Cohn 11. A\ay S. I99S 

Paul, 30 years! A time within which you have instilled 
values and taught skills to so many students during their 
formative years. Those of us who have had the good fortune 
to participate in SBC's Riding Program under your tutelage 
continue to benefit from lessons learned, including the value 
of preparation, hard work, having a plan, and maintaining the 
highest standards. We learned there are no "quick fixes" or 
shortcuts, no automatic martingale to keep a horse's head In 
the proper position. From preparation and diligence we 
gained the confidence to know that, come what may, we will 
do a job we can be proud of. ^' l^p""'^^ 

Twenty-one years after Sweet Briar and with children of 
my own, I continue to have a deep appreciation for your 
commitment to your students. From crack-of-dawn departures 
for horse shows or hunting, returning well after dark, to early 
morning schooling sessions, you were always available for 
us. 

The special riding facility you helped design, coupled 
with a prescribed-yet-flexible system for training horses and 
riders continues to impart lifelong skills to those who pass 
through the Rogers Riding Center How fitting that the Riding 
Center courtyard is dedicated In your honor. 

With heartfelt gratitude, we salute you now and always. 




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iV\'EET BRI\R ALUMNiAE MAC^:l^;E■SUMMER/FALL 1998 




Slate 
For New Alumnae 

Association 
' i Board 
Members 



The slate shall be approved by the Board at 
its spring meeting, and upon approval will be 
published in the Alumnae Magazine. If no further 
nominations are received within two weeks, the slate 
shall be considered elected by consent. If additional 
nominations are received, the selection of the 
candidates will rest with the Executive Committee of 
the Alumnae Association. 



Second Vice President 

Judith (Judi) Bensen Stigle '67, M\dison, CT 
■*■ Part-time retail sales 

■* Alumnae Board Region I Chair 
'95-'97 

* Class Secretary 20+ years; current 
Class President 

* Republican Town Committee 1 5 
years; Board of Visiting Nurse 
Association 





Third Vice President 

Linda De Vogt '86. Rich.woxp. VA 

* Sales Analyst, Trigon Health 
Services, inc. 

• President, Richmond SB Club '96-'98 

* AAR Newsletter Editor, Richmond 
Club, '91-'95 

• READ Center '95-present: Adult 
Literacy Tutor; Junior League 



S ECRETARy/TrE ASU RE R 
Dl^ne Dalton '67, Milwaukee, WI 

* M.A. in Theater, Case Western 
Reserve U. 

* Board Member, Volunteer 
Center of Milwaukee 

* General Manager, Milwaukee 
Repertory Theater 

* Fundraising for the arts; special 
event fundraising 

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Academic Outreach 

Cecilia A. AAoofe '88. Da-,ton', OH 

* M.A., Religious Studies '91, UVA; 
Ph. D. '96, UVA 

* Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, 
University of Dayton 

* SBC Diversity Visiting Committee, 
'97-'98 

* Publication: "To Be of Some Good to Ourselves and 
Everybody Else: The Cardinal Gibbons institute, 
1924-1934", U.S. Catholic Historian, July '98 



Region I Chair 

Adelaide Eshb.ach '78, Bo.ston, MA 

* J.D. degree, Suffolk University Law 
School, Boston 

■*• Director of Professional 
Development, Goodwin, 
Proctor & Hoar 

* SBC Friends of Art Board 

■*■ Former President, Boston SB Club 




Region III Chair 

Virginia (V.M.) Del Greco Galgano 
Harpisonburg. VA 

* M.Ed., Mathematics, UVA '68 

* Mathematics Teacher, Harrisonburg 
High School, '89-present 

* Teacher, James Madison University, 
'89-present 

* AAUW member, officer '84-present; 
Church Lay Minister, '74-present 



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. I A R A L U M \ A E M A G A Z I \ E ' S II M M E R ■ f A L L 1998 



Region IV Chair 

Ashley Wilson Brook 79, Raleigh, NC 

• Full-time mother 

• President, SB Triangle Club, 
'94-present 

• Class Fund Agent '94-'97 

• Sustainer, Raleigh Junior League 





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Region V Chair 

Lucy Dabby Cole 78, Tampa, FL 

• MBA, U.ofGA, '82 

* Retired from professional life due 
to health 

* Alumnae Board Chair, Region V, 
'91 -'93 

• Class Fund Agent '93-'98; Dallas SB 
Club President '88-'91 



Boxwood Circle Co-Chair 

Elizabeth (Betsy) Smith White '59, Charlotte, NC 

* SBC Board of Directors 

* Former Alumnae Board Chair 
of Region III 

* Board of Visitors, Warren 
Wilson College 

* Chair of Charlotte Community ^^^.^^mj^ 
Campaign, The Campaign for Sweet 
Briar College '93-'94 



Boxwood Circle Co-Chair 

LOCHIWNE CoLEA\AN SaMTH '76, BlRjMINGH.AiM, AL 

* Account Executive, Southern 
Engraving, Birmingham 

* National Reunion Gifts Chair '97-'98 

* Class of 1 976 Reunion Gifts Co-Chair, 
10th and 20th Reunions 




Region VI Chair 

Elizabeth (Betsy) Blitler '91, Columbus, OH 

* M.A., Journalism, Ohio 
State U., '93 

■*• Manager of Public Relations, 
Bricker & Eckler LLP, Columbus 

* Recipient, Business First's Forty 
Under Forty Award, '97 

* Alumnae Board Member-At-Large, 
'91 -'93 



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* Board Secretary, Birmingham Music 
Guild '98-'99 



National Reunion Gifts Chair-Elect 

Dorothy (Dotsie) Woods McLeod '38, Nashville, TN 

* Former member, SBC Board of Directors 

* Former Alumnae Board First Vice 
President, Second Vice President, 
and Region VIII Chair 

* AAR since '67 

* Charter member of Williams Associates 




Region VII Chair 

Vivian Yamaguchi Cohn '77, Winnetka, IL 

* J.D., Loyola U. of Chicago School of 
Law, '80 

* Attorney/General Counsel, Chicago 
Underwriting Group, Inc. 

* Secretary/Treasurer, Chicago SB Club 
'90-present 

* Class President '92-present 




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Alua/vnae Flind Chair 

NoRiWA Patteson Mills '60, Chattanooga, TN 
■* SBC Board of Directors 

• Chair, Class of 1 960's 30th 
Reunion Gifts Committee, 
'89-'90 

* Board of Trustees, AIM Center of 
Chattanooga (psycho-social center 
for the mentally ill) 

•k FHonorary Doctor of Civil Law 
degree. University of the South, '97 



M E M B E r- At- L ARG E 

GpLTCHEX GrANLL^ '98. HiLLSN'ILLE, VA 

(Elected by Class of 1 998) 

* Double major: psychology/ 
religion + certificate, business 
management 

* Chair, Honor Court (judic) 

• Jr. year at St. Andrews, Scotland 

• Who's Who Among Students in 
American Universities and 
Colleges 




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lie hundred and thirty-nine seniors I'eceived 
diplomas during a steadily-falling rain on Sunday, May 
24. Move inside? No indeedl The rain dampened everything 
but the Class of 1 998's spirit — which was buoyanti 

Excerpts froaa Commenceaaent Address 

Commencement speaker Michela 
English '71, president of Discovery 
Enterprises Worldwide, noted that 
". . .my four years at Sweet Briar had 
very much the effect that was 
intended. They made me think, 
challenge myself and others, and they 
helped me gain confidence and 
become independent." 

Remembering her own graduation, she said, "At the time, I 
was convinced that age 2 1 was the one key decision point in 

life — that whatever choice you made then would absolutely 
determine the course of the rest of your life. That day in May 
1971,1 was ecstatic to be graduating and eager to get on with 
things, but petrified that I was about to blow this one key 
decision point. 

"The reality is: life is a series of decision points. There's no 
point in hyperventilating over this one, you'll have plenty more 
to grapple with. Maybe some people really do have a linear 
career path with the first stop after college leading clearly to a 
logical progression of stages, but I suspect just as many have a 
series of experiences that are seemingly unconnected but that. 



ncheh English 1] 



when taken together, form a different kind of career path. I'm 
in that latter group... after Sweet Briar, I spent six years 
working — first as a child welfare worker, later as a federal 
employee in the energy field. (The energy job came through a 
Sweet Briar classmate, I might add.) 

"...Attending the Yale School of Management six years after 
Sweet Briar was a real shock to the system. I had managed to 
avoid math since 10"' grade. I paid dearly for that during my 
first term where I truly struggled with both accounting and 
quantitative methods. But the leadership and problem-solving 
skills I had gained both at Sweet Briar and by working served 
me well... 

".. .After Yale, I was fortunate to have great career choices — 
first as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, which is a world- 
class firm that invests heavily in its people, and later at Marriott 
Corporation. Consulting work with media companies and 
business experience with Marriott led to senior executive 
positions with the National Geographic Society and now with 
Discovery Communications, which operates the Discovery 
Channel and several other international television networks, as 
well as other consumer, internet, and retail businesses. Each of 
these positions has built upon virtually everything I've done 
before — whether it's the liberal arts base and student 
government experience at Sweet Briar, analytical and team 
management skills from Yale, or the work ethic and strong 
value system of my parents. 

". . .My second dose of reality: life is cumulative and you 
can't always write the script. It's critical that you take 
responsibility for your life, but it's just as important that you be 



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prepared to roll with the punches 
because they will certainly come. 1 don't 
believe that there is any such thing as a 
'charmed life.' I think people create their 
own opportunities, and I'm here to tell 
you that there will be dark days along 
with the sunshine. Just be prepared to 
regroup, move on, and wherever possible 
try to see opportunity where others see 
trouble. 

"...I am extremely fortunate to have a 
terrific family — a husband who loves me, 
who is also my best friend and strongest 
supporter (and a great cook), and two 
wonderful kids, aged 1 3 and 1 0. 1 got 
into the family thing later than many 
people — married at 3 1 , had children at 
34 and 37. Many people do that earlier, 
some do it later, and a number choose 
not to marry or have a family. These are 
highly individual choices and there's no 
blueprint for success. What is right for 
one person may not be right for someone else. 

". . .My third and final lesson in reality: trust and have 
confidence in yourself, but recognize your interdependence 
with others. If my husband and I can impart one thing to our 
kids, this is what 1 hope it will be. . . I really believe that in both 
personal and professional relationships, your success will be 
directly related to both the degree of self-confidence you have 
and the extent to which you trust other people. As you graduate 
from college, I am sure that you each have a fairly good handle 
on understanding yourself. But the process of defining yourself 
never stops. Teenagers and young adults are notoriously self- 




The Class of 199S decorated the door of the Alumnae 

House with a s/gn reading: 'How Sweet It Is To 3e 

Alumnae!! - The Senior Class' (l-r) Kimberly Osborr^e. 

Charlotte l^o^nmoe, and T.C. Weiseman. 



absorbed and self-critical. Within the 
past month, I read excerpts in The 
Washington Post of a recent teenage poll 
in which only 39% of girls and 54% of 
boys felt Very positive' about themselves. 
I want all of you to feel Very positive' 
about yourselves. 

"I want to leave you with one final 
thought. Based on my experience, having 
a successful life is a balancing act 
between taking charge of your destiny 
and pursuing every opportunity vdth a 
vengeance, on the one hand, and being 
realistic and able to respond to 
unforeseen challenges on the other. 
There is clearly a place for dreams in all 
this, and many times dreams do become 
reality. I work in a company started by a 
man from a modest baclground who 
had a dream that you could make high- 
quality, educational television a 
commercial success. It took him at least 
five years to convince anyone that his dream made sense. Now 
Discovery Communications is a great success story. 

" 'Reality Rules' is a slqgan we use at Discovery, since all of 
our television programming and other businesses focus on the 
real world, rather than fantasy or fictional entertainment. Each 
of you has a great opportunity to shape your particular reality 
in a way that is best for you. It won't always be easy, but it will 
be challenging and fun. I wish you all the very best." 



CoMM£NCEH£NT HoNORS 

The Emiiie Wahs McVla Schour 

The highest-ranking member ol the Clais 
011998. 
loanna |ill Kucinski, Virginia Beach, VA 

The Presidentiai Medalists 
The Presidential Medal recognizes seniors 
who have a range at accomplishments 
comparable to those associated with 
candidates tor Rhodes, Marshall, or 
Truman Scholarships. These seniors must 
have demonstrated exemplary intellectual 
achievement. 
Kcisly Ellen Winstead, Louisville, KY 
Calherine Carrington Zatirn, Caitersville, CA 

The Penelope Lane Czarra Award 
This award honors the senior who best 
combines scholastic achie\'emenl, student 
leadership, and etiective contributions to 
the qualitv oi lite at the College. 
Charlotte leannine Rognmoe, 
Nicholasville, KY 



The Connie M. Cuion Award 

This IS given to a senior for her excellence 
as a human being and as a member oithe 
College. 
Anne-Claire Lorraine Wackenhul, 
Huntsville, AL 

The Walker Family Award 
This award honors a senior with high 
scholastic standing who has a cheerful, 
positive disposition and shows waiwth. 
generositv, and humility 

Virginia While Blair, TP,Amher5l,VA 

Cynlhia Michelle Bumgardner, 
Chaltanooga, IN 

The Lawrence C. Nelson Award for 

Excellence in English 
Crayton Nichols Benson, Nashville, TN 
Evah Kalhleen Poltmeyer, Murrysville, PA 
Caroline Berry Sinkinson, Akron, OH 

The James Lewis Howe Award in Chemistr* 
Amanda Dawn Kotike, Dallas, Wl 



The Judith Molinar Elkins Prize 

The tamily oi the late Professor Judith 
Elkins has established a prize to recognize 
the outstanding achievements ota senior 
majoring in the mathematical pbysial. or 
biological sciences, while actively 
participating in the College community 
and demonstrating the ideals and 
dedication to learning exempliiied by the 
Hie oi Proiessor Elkins. 
Emily Qiiinn Virkus, Sandy Spring, MD 

The Wail Sireei journal Student 
Achievement Award for Excellence in 
Economics 
Carolyn Pyle Weiseman, Knoxville, TN 

The Leigh Woolverton Prize for 
Excellence in ihe Visual Arts 
Mary Lea Martin, .Vlington, VA 

The Pauline Roberts Otis Award in 
French 

Kelly Lynne Bowman, Pescadero, CA 



The Marcia Capron Award for 
Excellence i\ French 
Astrid Marguerite Bybee Liverman, 

Richmond, VA; Mother: Joan Hulley 

Liverman '64 

The Alpha Lambda Delta Award 
Joanna lill Kucinski, Virginia Beach, VA 

The Iessica Steinbrenner Mollov Award 
IN Theatre 
Melissa Ann Coffey, Madison Heights, VA 

The Anne Gary Pannell Taylor Award 
IN History 
loanna lill Kucinski, Virginia Beach, VA 

The Anne Gary Pannell Taylor 
Graduate Fellowship in History 
loanna lill Kucinski, Virginia Beach, VA 

The Martha von Briesen Prize 
IS Photography 
Abbie Baker McCammon, Lincoln 
University, PA 



The W. Edward Overly Award in Spanish 
Katherine Ann Rineharl, Bend, OR 

The Maxine Garner Prize in Religion 
Cretchen Call Cravley, Hillsville, VA 

The )ean Besselievre Boley Award 

Melia Faith Childress, Carmel, CA 

The Kathryn Haw Prize in Art History 
Stacy Lee Sharpes, Marlinton, WV 

The Sweet Briar Fine Arts Scholarship 
Catherine Carrington Zahrn, Cartersville, GA 

The Lucile Barrow Turner Award 
Melissa Anne Rothwell, Darlington, MD 

Phi Beta Kappa 1998 

Stephanie Heather Belk, Durham, NC 
Crayton Nichols Benson, Nashville, TN 
Kelly Lynne Bowman, Pescadero, CJ^ 
loanne Elizabeth Hopkins, Springfield, VA 
Rongliang, Shanghai, China 
loanna lill Kucinski, Virginia Beach, VA 



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f*Bfci fry f Sar'n Onita 





Samanfha 3rodlieb; 
sister Jennifer 3rodlieb 92 




Turning Point Graduates: Joyce Giles, left, graduated with her sister. 
Hazel Diggs. r/ght. along with Virginia 3lair. center. 



Adair Collins, 
->i5fer Anita Ann Collins 96 



ftsfnd Liverman: 
riofher Joan Hulley Liverman ^H 




Serena Vufeqnaf; 
sister Vara Pute^nat 00 



Hiysso Spisso: 
mother Joan Hobbs Spisso IZ 



Catherine Thomas, 
cousin f^eqan Thomas 01 



Carolyn Marie Leddy, Monroe, NY 
Aslrid Marguerite Bybee Liverman, 

Richmond, VA; Mother: loan Hulley 

Liverman '64 
lennifet Rosemary Ober Deridder LA 
Evah Kathleen Pottmeyer, Murrysville, PA 
Katherine Ann Rinehart, Bend, OR 
Charlotte leannine Rognmoe, 

Nicholasville, KY 
Stacy Lee Sharpes, Mailinlon, WV 
Laurel Amber Shay, Fellowsville, WV 
Caroline Berry Sinkinson, Akron, OH 
Emily Quinn Vitkus, Sandy Spring, MD 
Anne-Claire Lorraine Wackenhut, 

Huntsville, AL 
Kristy Ellen Winstead, Louisville, KY 
Catherine Carringlon Zahtn, Cartersville, CA 

SuMMA Cum Laude 
Stephanie Heather Belk, BS, Durham, NC 
Rong]iang,BS, Shanghai, China 
loanne Jill Kucinski, AB, Virginia Beach, VA 



Astrid Marguerite Bybee Liverman, AB, 
Richmond, VA; Moltier: loan Hulley 
Liverman '64 
Kathleen Ann Rinehart, AB, Bend, OR 
Slacv Lee Sharpes, AB, Marlinton, WV 
Caroline Berry Sinkinson, AB, Akron, OH 
Emily Quinn Virkus, BS, Sandy Spring, MD 
Anne-Claire Lorraine Wackenhut, AB, 

Huntsville, AL 
Kristy Ellen Winstead, BS, Louisville, KY 

Magna Cum Laude 

Crayton Nichols Benson, AB, Nashville, TN 
Virginia White Blair TP,AB,AmherslVA 
Dana Lee Bordvick, AB, Walnut Creek, CA 
Kelly Lynne Bowman, AB, Pescadero, CA 
Cynthia Michelle Bumgardner, AB, 

Chattanooga, TN 
Melissa Ann Coft'ey AB, Madison Heights, VA 
Adair Fletcher Collins, AB, Richmond, VA; 

Sister: Anita Collins '96 
Angela Dawn Elliott, AB, Richmond, VA 



Laura Louise f ition, AB, Hopewell, N| 
Casey Elizabeth Callaher, AB, Greenville, SC 
Ashlyn Shay Goosens, AB, Fairfax, VA 
Tonya Nicole Ctudier, AB, Byesville, OH 
loanne Elizabeth Hopkins, BS, Springfield, VA 
Diana Sue Jordan, AB, Chaplin, KY 
Amanda Dawn Kottke, BS, Dallas, Wl 
Carolyn Marie Leddy, AB, Monroe, NY 
Mary Lea Martin, AB, Arlington, VA 
Jennifer Rosemary Ober, AB, Deridder, LA 
Evah Kathleen Pottmeyer, AB, Murrysville, PA 
Chariotte leannine Rognmoe, AB, 

Nicholasville, KY 
Melissa Anne Rothvvell, AB, Darlington, MD 
Laurel Amber Shay, AB, Fellowsville, WV 
Erin Ann WortleyBS, Big Island, VA 
Catherine Carrington Zahm, AB, 

Cartersville, CA 

Cum Laude 
Amber L. Blow, AB, Lilhia Springs, CA 
Melia Faith Childress, AB,Carmel,CA 



Page Datney AB, Cumberland, PA 
Tara Danielle Feyerherd, AB, Montpeliet, VA 
Pamela Elizabeth Fine, AB, Brookeville, MD 
Karin Cyilin Fung, AB, Laredo, TX 
Mary Ann Cheen, AB, Warrenton, VA 
Cynthia janine Hague, AB, Arcadia, OH 
Courtney lean Hayes, BS, College Station, TX 
Charlotte Adele Higgins, BS, Topeka, KS 
Susan Alexandra Holman, AB, Atlanta, GA 
Kim Elizabeth Izquieido, AB, Riverdale, NY 
Katherine lean Martin, A8, Oskaloosa, lA 
Anna Katherine Meres, BS, Norridgewock, ME 
Laura I Michaels, AB, Sweet Briar, VA 
Kindle lanee Samuel, BS, Baltimore, MD 
Andrea Leigh Sheetz, AB, Chester, VA 
Shazia Alisha Siddiqi, AB, Lucknow, India 
Amanda Beth Stroupe, BS, Pnnceton, WV 
Heather Ashley Thomas, BS, Columbia, SC 
Mamie lennifet Tokaruk, AB, Brantford, 

Ontario, Canada 
Carolyn Pyle Weiseman, AB, Knoxville, TN 



The Honors Program, Class of 1998 
High Honors in Women and Gender 
Studies 

Karen loan Bender, Freehold, NY 
Honors Degree with Highest Honors in 
Biologv 

Stephanie Heather Belk, Durham, NC 

Honors Degree with Honors in 
Anthropology 

Kelly Lvnne Bowman, Pescadero, CA 
Honors Degree with High Honors in English 

Adaii Fletcher Collins, Richmond, VA 
Honors Degree with High Honors in Biol 
Chem and Molecular Biology 

Amanda Dawn Kottke, Dallas, Wl 
Honors Degree with Highest Honors in 
History 

Joanna Jill Kucinski, Virginia Beach, VA 
Honors Graduates 

Crayton Nichols Benson, Nashville, TN 

Heather Ashley Thomas, Columbia, SC 

Mamie Jennifer Tokaruk, Brantford, Ontario, 
Canada 



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Sweet Briar Alumnae In the Spotlight ^ 




Literate Sweets From Two 
Sweet Briar Aeumnae 



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L-r Okin Cushman: Judy Curhe. See bj:\ 
cover for open box of Word Cbocoiatei. 



ew York, NY — It's new. It's 

smart. It's delicious. And it is 

rapidly becoming a big hit. It's Word 

Chocolate'"'", Swiss chocolate letters 

that spell greetings in festive boxes. 

Sweet Briar classmates Judy 
Currie '92 and Elkin Cushman '92 are 

the creators of Word Chocolate. The 
two entrepreneurs, who now live in 
New York City, have been friends since their chocolate-loving childhoods in 
Atlanta, GA and their days at Sweet Briar. 

Word Chocolate launched at the Atlanta International Gift Show, where it 
received rave reviews. Shortly thereafter, in New York City at the Premium 
Incentive Show, it again proved to be a big hit. Barney's New York, the ultra- 
fashionable emporium, was taken with the elegantly-boxed chocolates and 
immediately included them in their corporate gift giving catalog. 

Word Chocolate gifts, spelling such messages as Many Thanks, Bon Voyage, 
Job Well Done, and Welcome Home, among many others, are being presented 
by major corporations to valued clients, by charities to donors, by Broadway 
producers to investors, by cruise lines to passengers, and by realtors to new 
home owners and new office tenants. With Elkin and Judy's help, companies 
and individuals can craft custom chocolate sentiments, perfect for special 
events. Each colorfully labeled and beribboned box is shipped within a day 
after the order is received. 



"Since starting the company, we have been delighted with the whirlwind 
of success and are now gearing up for the large orders of the holiday season, 
while keeping pace with the constant stream of weddings, birthdays, and 
anniversaries," said Judy, who thought of the concept for Word Chocolate 
while working as a teacher in Harlem. She taught young students spelling by 
using chocolates she decorated with letters. "The chocolate became a reward 
for learning," she said. 

"In addition to 21 prepackaged sentiments, we also customize by spelling 
company names and slogans, bride and groom names, the names of newborns, 
even marriage proposals," said Elkin. "People love that they can spell out 
whatever they want in chocolate." 

Word Chocolate donates a portion of its profits to Reading Is Fundamental® 
(RIF). To further promote their commitment to literacy, Judy and Elkin will 
sponsor a unique contest in the fall: "Eat your words! Chocolate Spelling 
Contest." It will be for various grade levels of elementary school children. 
The winners will receive boxes of winning words in chocolate and an 
additional donation to RIF will be made in the name of the contest winner. 

Elkin and Judy believe that Word Chocolate is the perfect alternative to 
sending flowers or a greeting card. If you would like to spell your sweet 
sentiments in chocolate, call Word Chocolate at 1 -888-Co-4-Word or 212- 
580-0391 . Web address: www.eatyourwords.com. 

Ed. Note: Fran Crifllth Laserson 70, NYC, recently wrote: "I hosted a 
reception for President Mulilenfeld and the New Yorl< alumnae recently. Judy 
brought me a box of Word Chocolate spelling out 'Sweet Briar.' Now that's 
the thinking of a clever marketer! I placed an order the next week for my 
daughter's graduation party and delighted her friends, who thought the 
personalized chocolate Congratulations were 'awesome'. " 




Great-Great-Great Niece of 
Mary Boykin Chesnut (Katharine 
Blackford Collins '63) Meets 
Chesnut Biographer (SBC 
President Elisabeth Muhlenfeld) 
AT Reunion 1998 



Early 
Muf 



y in May, President 

hlenfeld received a very 

^^^^^_ - , exciting e-mail message which read, 

J ■;,,•(, ns and "By way of introduction, 1 am Secretary 

J - r e s I <J e n t of the Class of 1 963 and look forward 

M f^Menfeld look ^^ amending Reunion later this month, 

SSs^- v^ ™n,™,t i.n-a and meeting you. 

"I am the great-great-great niece of 
Mary Boykin Chesnut, and therefore an 
ardent member of your literary fan club. 

"My great-grandmother, namesake, and godmother was Katharine Williams 
Kirkpatrick (My maiden name was Katharine Kirkpatrick Blackford). She and 
her husband joined the westward migration only as far as Alabama at the turn 
of the century. My grandmother Mary Kirkpatrick Crawford was born at 



iims and 
' e s i d e n f 
l^uhlenfeld look 
af the Chesnut 
cookbook. Leftfii 
pa^e at r\ary boyKm Chesnut 5 cookbook with 
band'wntfen directions for making 'dressing for 
Cabbage,' and Caramels' 



Sarsfield |AL1, August 30, 1 886, the day before the earthquake. I had the great 
privilege of living near my great-grandmother and knowing her until 1 was 
about 1 2, and she began to drift into her own world. She died in 1 954, when 
1 was 13. 

"Among the treasures handed down to me through my grandmother Mary 
Kirkpatrick Crawford and my mother Katharine Crawford Blackford is a little 
notebook belonging to Mary Chesnut. It contains notations of household 
accounts, and a few hand-written recipes. But it contains mostly recipes 
collected from the News and Courier. 

"1 would like to show it to you, and perhaps get some advice about what 
I might do with it. As a writer myself (if you count newspaper reporting), 1 
dream of publishing Mary Chesnut's cookbook!" 

Katharine and Betsy Muhlenfeld did indeed meet, during the Friday of 
Reunion, to talk of Mary Boykin Chesnut. We hope to hear before the next 
'63 Reunion that her cookbook has been published! 

Ed. Note: Katharine tells us that other relatives of Mary Boykin Chesnut 
include Alice Mighell Eoster '65 of Winston-Salem, NC; Alice's mother, Alice 
Williams Mighell Clover '42 of Mobile, AL; and Mary Deas Boykin 
Wortley '64 of Middletown, OH. Katharine entered SBC from Birmingham, 
AL; she now lives in Rock Springs, WY. 



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bPOTLIGHT CONTINUED. 



Jaaaie Planck Martin '81 
Makes Business Journal's 
Top 40 

1997 TOP 40 Under 40 
A Salute to Mississippi's Most 
Outstanding Yolinc Business People 

Excerpted with permission from the 
January 1997 /Mississippi business 
Journal, Jackson, A\5 



From a very early age, Jamie Planck Martin saw the rewards of hard 
work and dedication. Her father, theownerof a very successful business, 
and her mother, who held a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University, challenged her 
to excel. They believed in working hard, facing challenges and being able to 
take care of yourself. Looking at the overwhelming success Martin has 
achieved, it becomes quite clear that she learned well from her parents' 
example. 

As one of Mississippi's most outstanding young attorneys and a partner in 
the largest law firm in the state, Martin, 37, has shown that character, integrity, 





Betsy Butler '91 
Named to Business 
First Newspaper's 
"Forty Under 40" List, 
Septeaaber 1997 

Honored for professional successe.s 

AND community INVOLVEMENT 



Manager of Public Relations, Bricker & Eckler LLP 

Colleges; Sweet Briar College; master's degree from Ohio State University. 

Accomplishments: In 1993, turned a project for her master's degree into 
reality by creating the public relations department for Bricker & Eckler, 
the third-largest law firm in Columbus. Organized and produced a series 
of commemorative activities for the firm's 50"' anniversary in 1994. Was 
a guest lecturer on law-firm public relations for Ohio State University 
chapter of PRSSA in February 1 996. 

Community contributions: Served on the Museum Ball and Art Auction 
Promotion and Ticket Sales Committee for the Columbus Museum of Art 
and on the steering committee of the LifeCare Alliance Centennial 
Committee, where she will manage public relations during its centennial 
conference next year. Member of the National Law Firm Marketers 
Association; participant. Association for Women in Communications and 
member of the Profiles committee for the Public Relations Society of 
America; Friends of Dresden and Columbus Damenchor member; 
ProMusica Chamber Orchestra Sustaining Board member; key alumna/ 
area alumnae admissions representative for Sweet Briar College. 

'Reprinted with permission of Business First, ''' Business First of Columbus, Inc. Columbus, OH 



commitment and community involvement are critical to professional success. 
The Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Sweet Briar College and the Vanderbilt 
University School of Law is active in New Stage Theatre, serving as chairman 
of patrons, and is a founding member of the Mississippi Women's Forum. She 
is also active in many professional organizations, including the American Bar 
Association, the state bar associations of Mississippi, Georgia and 
Massachusetts, the Hinds County Bar Association and the )ackson Young 
Lawyers, as well as being a member of First Baptist Church in Jackson. Recently, 
Martin was appointed to the Mississippi Secretary of State's Business Law 
Advisory Group. 

"The advantage of being a business attorney is that I get to deal with many 
different businesses and people. Dealing with such a diverse group, I'm able 
to have a broad perspective on what is going on in business today. Every day, 
I have opportunities to meet with the great business thinkers of the state and 
region," she explained. "I also enjoy putting transactions together. I feel I'm 
doing something positive — making progress — instead of simply settling 
disputes." 

How does Martin bring balance to her life? "My husband helps with our three . 
children. He's very supportive of me because he knows that what I'm doing is 'i 
just as important as what he does. And together, we'll find a way," she said. 



Two Sweet Briar 
Alumnae Ajwong 
1998 Governors 
Fellows 

Amy Leigh Campbell '97 and 
Susan Margaret Barney '98, 
both of Madison Heights, VA, 
served as Governors Fellows in 
Virginia's capital this past summer 
(May 28-July 24). 

The purpose of the Governors 
Fellows Program is to encourage 
careers in public service; 

participants are chosen by the governor. Amy did her fellowship in the 
secretary of education's office. Susan was in the first lady's office. 




L-r. /]my Campbell; 'Roxanne Oilmore. 
wife of Virginia governor James 
Oilmore; Susan Barney. Photo taken 
at a luncheon in the Oovernor's 
/Mansion, 'Richmond. 



Authors! Authors! 

Poets, novelists, historians, short story writers, 

magazine freelancers, photo journalists — everyone out 

there publishing — let us know of your recent successes! 

The magazine will add a regular once-a-year listing 

of alumnae authors, beginning with the winter 

or spring '99 issue. 



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/^T^Q bright, breezy, 
I balmy, beautiful 
weekend began Friday with 
afternoon open houses, 
demonstrations ("Getting 
Wired: The ABCs of 
developing your internet 
presence") and evening class 
picnics. From then on — 
nonstop activities of all kinds 
for the <oOO+ attendees. As 
well as a return to campus 
for alumnae, it was a family 
weekend: the largest-ever 
group of children, from 
toddlers to teens, enjoyed an 
expanded program ranging 
from fun and games to 
hikes/nature walks and 
serious-but~fun learning 
opportunities. One small 
alumna daughter promised 
on Sunday, "I'll be back in 
1 1 months!" We hope so — 
and also in about 10 years, 
to follow the path to 
alumnaehoodl 



• RGC = Reunion Gifts Chair 

• All photo captions read 1-r. 

• Photo coverage by David Abrams, 
Little Pond Productions, unless 
otherwise noted. 




Clockwise from top right: Lochrane Coleman Smith 7io, National 'Reunion Oifts Chair, welcomes crowd fo Convocation. 
Picnickers of ail ages gather in the Quad for great food and catching up with friends. 




Clockwise from top right Vur-:r\^ rr; 
weekend the children enjoyed snow/cones. 
a hayride. popcorn, cotton candy and face 
painting, and Getting Wired. 



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Above, left The 50'^ Class of 19HS. weannq medallions with their 3riar Patch photos, returned H^stronq * I& husbands- Song leader 
Harriofte 3land 3eckwith led fhem in 'Oh. Evolu and "Sitting on the Ooiden Stairs; Class President Eleanor Potts (Pottsie) Snodgrass 
remarked that There are 3 ages of women: Youth, /Middle Age. and You Have Not Changed'' Above, right I9HS officers Pottsie Snodgrass; /Aartha Clement and Peggy Sheffield 
/Aartin, PO Co-Chatrs; Anne Pyland Picks Oriffin. Martha Vavis 3arnes. and /^eon 3ower Harnson. Fund Agents: f^addin Lupton f^cCallie. Secretary, inset /Martha /Mansfield 
Clement, and Pottsie Snodgrass receive 3urton Award from President /^uhlenfeld. Top of page: I9HS walked away with it all. winning the Nancy Vowd 3urton Award for a record- 
breaking Peunion gift of $285,925. and 90X parficipatitx^l They received standing ovations for both. 





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Above, left Eleven l9H3s. back for a happy 55'" won applause for 10% participation in Peumon gift of $5I.H20. Above, right The ^5' 
Class of 1 953 picnicked at the home of classmate Vale Hutter Harris Friday night. With 21 * 11 husbands, they had a festive time. Class 
gift $^93^5. 5&7p participation. 1955. through an anonymous challenge, also increased the number of Indiana Fletcher Williams Associates 
in the class from 3 to l&i Inset 1955 officers: Katzy 3ailey Nager. Oinnie Hudson Toone. PO Co-Chairs; Lisbeth Oibson 3rooks. 
President. 





Above: 1958 celebrated %J w<fh i i coiimates, I husbands. Noting that they are not a Above: Sarah Alix Alexander 95, Jane Shipman Kuntz 
rich class, but rich in spirit' their gift was $37.926. 527. participation. The class also gave a Posseht '% enjoy Daisys Garden, 
f^onet painting to the S3C Galleries in memory of classmate Caroline Sauls Shaw. 

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Above: Artist Ann Carter Brothers ^3 shows her painting to classmates 
Nancy /^cVoweit; Anne Leavell 'Reynolds: Kathleen Punch Harris Wray 
in Pannell Oallery. 



Above: 55''' Peunioners had a marvelous time, start to finishi 
The Class of '0 (30 * H husbands) brought gift of$0H5\. 50% 
participation. Inset. 190 officers. Katharine 3lackford Collins. 

Secretary; Nancy Vixon Brown, Fund Agent, Hetty Stanly 
Cotes. President. Allie Stemmons Simon. POC. 




Above: l9^~Fourteen ' H husbands came for 50' , /<;0'L 

Lynne (Gardner Vetmer announced that part of their gift 

($39,720, 3&'i participation) was given as seed money" for 

the new admissions video, in honor of the late Tom 3aldwin & Nancy Godwin Baldwin 57, 

their enthusiastic class sponsors' Nancy was admissions director. I90-19SO. inset. 19^ 

officers: Lynne Gardner Vetmer. PGC: Percy Clarke Gwinn. President 



Above: 19^ Peunioners with sponsor. Top: Jim Vetmer. Ann Peterson Griffin; 
Alary King Craddock. 2""' row: Percy Clarke Gwinn; Amanda de Coligny, Lynne 
Gardner Vetmer. Suzanne Little; Nancy Godwin 3aldwin 57, class sponsor. 
Jennie Lyons Fogarfy. f^ary Gress. Front, seated: Susan Hill Glick; /Martha 
3ennett Pritchett. Sandy Waters. 





i^^v^ -i37 alumnae * 5 husbands) Above: Sundays Planned Giving Seminar. Speaker 3ronna Wills. Vic. 

njoyed 25" Peunion picnic at the Boat Trust Officer. Crestar 3ank; Nannette f^c3urney Crowdus '51. Planned Giving Chair 
-iouse-bringing back memoriesi Peally- 

'aduation was "only yesterday. Gift: 
ilS.SlZ (29% participation). Inset 1915 
officers at podium: Weezie 3lakeslee Gilpin. 
PG C; Kathleen Cochran Schutze. President. 



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Above, left 191^5 20'^' brought the most back: ^9 * 19 husbands. Wearing green caps with pink 53C logo, they described fhennselves 
a motley crew~ and admitted to "cruising the Bistro the night before. They won the Participation Award for classes celebrating 5'''- 
ZO'" 'Reunions WD, gave $30,6^4. Above, right }91&ers relax in 3ook Shop: Wendy Igleheart; Jane Lauderdale Armstrong; Jean heard 
3arden; Dorothy Lear t^ooney, Cynthia Whitley Auman; Leigh 'Ramsey Simmons: Cecilia Oarcia-Tunon Lea. Inset 191S officers: 3ack 
row: A^ory Page Stewart, Connie Crysler Shafer. Co-Secretaries: 'Dorothy Lear Alooney, President, Kathy Jackson Howe, PGC; 
Front Lucy Darby Cole. Fund Agent. 




Above: Walking tour led by Amber 3enneTt f^oncure 91. Visit/ng Processor, 
Anthropology, after her Alumnae College presentation. 'Digging at Sweet 
3riar Plantation' 



Above: The Class of I9&1> (25 * IH husbands) gave special 
thanks to 'the faculty, staff and administration for all they 
do to make this institution excellent' Their gift $}9,00&, 
ZTL participation. Inset I9S^ officers: Virginia Claus 3uyck. 
Ellen Clare Oillespie Dreyer. PO" Co-Chairs: f^ary Pope 
Hutson Waring. President. 




Above: The Class of I9SS for its W' sang 'Holla Holla Holla 
to 53C: crowd of 3S * IS husbands. Gift of $11018. 25/! 
participation. Inset 1 9SS officers: Cameron Cox Hirtz, Fund 
Agent Kelly /Meredith lacobelli. Co-President. PC Co-Chair, 
Stephanie Cox tAaCoy, Fund Agent Stacy Sickels Heckei 
Co-President. RO Co-Chair. 



Above: Carolyn Bates shows portrait of Elijah Fletcher to Frances Gregg 
Petersmeyer & Clare Eager /^atthai. both 'H3, &. Kathryn Spencer Pixley Q, 
during SB House tour. 



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C/ockw/se from top r\^t. 

• r/y casting. 

• Walkers were everywhere, in groups or 
twosomes. 

• Just sitting IS fun. too. 

• Isabel Grayson Parish 53, husband Havner 
in Alumnae "Records "Room. SB Aluseum. 




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'Richmond \^A. /Aarch 1??S. il-r. standing) Libby Truehearf Harris V9. Kiti ^ 

Hart Belew 'H9. Betty Wellford Bennett 'H9. Margaret Towers Talman 'H9, 

/^ane Alusgroi/e f^cCrone 'H9. (l-r. seated) /^aria Gregory Tabb VI. 

Caroline Casey tAcOehee H9. Nan Hart Stone HI. 



Charleston. 5C, Alorch : //S. 19^9 ^la^^matc::, :n front of historic home 

of f^ary i'Stevie) Stevens Webb: (l-r) Carter Van Veventer Slatery. 

Ellen 'Ramsay Clark. Stevie Stevens Webb. 



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Joyner. Sherry 3oofh Shanahan. Kama Bosu/e// Koudelka. 



A surprise mini reunion in Kobe. Japan. January }99S: 
(l-r) Christina Benson '97, Jill Oavitt '97, Leslie Farinas 9. 




^ooresville. NC, November 1991 luncheon before the wedding of Oinger Pimon 9H 

to Tony White: (l-r, front row) Laura Underwood '93, Sabryna ^cClung '93, 

Ginger Amon. Amy Koss '9H. Trade Allen Webber '93. Stacey /AcClain '93. 

(l-r. back row) Oreg 'Roberson, George Underwood. Lee Webber. 3ob Folwell. 



fleeting of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America. Savannah, GA. 
October '91: Kneeling: Betsy /filler Sayler 55, Katharine Phinizy Jackie 51, Virginia 

Barron Summer 'Tl. Standing: Mary Lib Vick Thornhill 'HI, Jeanne /Worrell 

Garlington 'Hi, Betty Carswell /Morris 55, Lucy 'Darby Cole IS, Nancy Vouthat Goss 

'55. Scottie Small Johnson 61, Julia Groves fAartin 'HZ, Florence Fitch Patton 5Z 



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Alumnae "Trax^eL, 




Tril>5 anb "Tip 5 



"Austrian Winter Escapade" 

February 26-March 5, 1999 



Historical Reading 

• Boyer, )ohn W. Culture and Political Crisis in 
Vienna: Christian Socialism in Power, 1987- 
1918. 

• Brook, Stephen. Vanished Empire. 

• Crankshaw, Edward. The Fall of the House of 
Hapsburg. 

• Davenport, Marcia. Mozart. 

• Ingrao, Charles. The Hapsburg Monarchy, 
1618-1815. 

• Jelavich, Barbara. Modern Austria: Empire and 
Republic, 1915-1986. 

• Spiel, Hilde. Vienna's Golden Autumn. 

• Williamson, Samuel R. Austria-Hungary and 
the Origins of the First World War (the 
Making of the 20th Century). 

Background Reading 

• Teklenborg, Bert. A Pictorial fourney through 
Austria. 

• Mayer-Browne, Elisabeth. Best of Austrian 
Cuisine. 

• Beer, Cretel. Austrian Cooking. 

Novels 

• Druckel, Peter F. The Last of All Possible 

Worlds. 

• Maclnnes, Helen. The Salzburg Connection. 

• Meyer, Nicholas. The Seven-Per-Cent Solution. 

• Roth, loseph. The Radetsky March. 

• Stone, Irving. The Passions of the Wind. 

Guidebooks 

• Many guidebooks are available at your library 
or local bookstore: Fodor, Frommer, Baedeker, 
Insight Guide, Lonely Planet, to name a few. 

Video 

• The Sound of Music, CBS-FOX video, The 
Silver Anniversary Rodgers & Hammerstein 
edition (2 tapes). 

• Amadeus, HBO video. 

Wee Sites 

• Austrian National Tourist Office, 
Vienna,www.austria-info.at 

• Alpine Tourist Commission, 
www.alpseurope.org 

• Vienna Tourist Board, info.wien.at/e/ 
index.htm 



• Salzburg State Board of Tourism, 
www.tcs.co.at/guide/ 

• Salzburg City Tourist Office, 
www.salzburginfo.or.at 

• Austria Culture Net, www.austriaculture.net 

• Classic Insites: Hall of Fame, 
www.classicalinsites.com/live/hallfame/ 
maslers/mozadisc.html 

• The Mozart Site, www.jumpoint.com/ 
bluesman/composer.html 

• Mozart Compositions, www.efe.com.tr/ 
lecagot/compositions.html 

Download and listen to music bites from 
operas, symphonies and concertos by Mozart. 

Recordings 

• Mozart, Symphonies Nos. 40 & 41, Chicago 
Symphony Orchestra, lames Levine 
conducting. Cold Seal #09026-61397-2. 

• Mozart, Piano Concertos Nos. 9 & 21, Alicia 
DeLarrocha, piano, English Chamber 
Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis, conducting, Red 
Seal #60825-2-RC. 

• Mozart, Piano Concertos Nos. 12 & 20, 
Evgeny Kissin, piano, Moscow Virtuosi, 
Vladimir Spivakov, conducting, Red Seal 
#0902660400-2. 

• Mozart, Concerto for Flute, Harp and 
Orchestra (+ Sonatas), James Calway, flute; 
Marisa Robles, harp; London Symphony 
Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas, 
conducting. 

• Concerto! 

• Red Seal #09026-61789-2, Mozart, Violin 
Concertos Nos. 2,3 & 5, Vladimir Spivakov, 
violin, Moscow Virtuosi. 

• Red Seal #60152-2-RC, The Sound of Music, 
original soundtrack featuring Julie Andrews 
and Christopher Plummer, Irwin Kostal, 
conducting. 



"Enchanting Tahiti" 

January 19-30, 1999 

• Day, A. Grove, editor. The Lure of Tahiti: 
An Armchair Companion (Honolulu: Mutual 
Publishing Company, 1986). 

Short stories of famous Pacific writers such as 
Melville, Michener, London, Gauguin, Bligh, 
and Cook. 

• Gray, W.R. Voyage to Paradise: Exploring in 
the Wake of Captain Cook (Washington, D.C.: 
National Geographic Society, 1981). 

Readable account of Cook's voyages, lavishly 
illustrated in color. Covers entire Pacific, 
including Easter Island, the Marquesas, Tahiti. 

• Hall, James, and Nordhoff, C.B. Faery Lands of 
the South Seas (New York: Garden City 
Publishing Co., 1921). 

Brilliant South Seas flavor of Tahiti, Tuamotus, 
and Cook Islands. Out of print, but available at 
large public or university libraries. 

• Howe, K.R., Kiste, Robert, and Lai, Brij., 
editors. Tides of History: The Pacific Islands in 
the Twentieth Century. (Honolulu: University 
of Hawaii Press, 1994.) 

Innovative mixture of chronological, 
geographical, and thematic approaches; 
detailed history of the Pacific Islands in the 
20th century, clear and readable style. 

• Kay, Robert. Tahiti and French Polynesia: A 
Travel Survival Kit (Berkeley,CA: Lonely Planet 
Publications, 1985, first edition). 

Good paperback introduction to the area. 

• London, Jack. South Sea Tales. 

Excellent anthology by one of the Pacific's best 
authors. 

Field Guides 

• Carwardine, Mark. Whales, Dolphins, and 
Porpoises: The Visual Guide to All the World's 
Cetaceans (New York: Dorling Kindersley 
Publishing, Inc., 1995). 

One of the best guides to marine mammals. 
Paperback. 

• Harrison, Peter. Seabirds: An Identification 
Guide (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co, 1983). 

Paperback book for avid birders. 

• Meyers, Robert F. Micronesian Reef Fishes: 
A Practical Guide to the Identification of the 
Coral Reef Fishes of the Tropical Central and 
Western Pacific (Barrigada, Guam: Coral 
Graphics, 1991). 

Best overall guide to Pacific fish. 



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SWEET BRIAR ALUM MAE MAGAZINiE-SLlMMER.'FALL 1998 



Sweet Briar, VA, 
January 1998 

(near right) Alumnae Forum on 

campus: "It's All About Tradition: 

How Tap Clubs Have Changed." 

Local alumnae were invited to talk 

with students about what tap clubs 

were like when they were students. 

Charlotte, NC, 
November 1997 

(far right) Reception and exhibition 

of paintings by Jill Steenhuis '80 at 

the home of Nan Dabbs Loftin '81 . 

Alumnae from Greensboro and 

Winston-Salem were also invited. 




(l-r) Pinr /Marshall Whitley HI (represenfing the 

/Museum), Betty Frantz TZoberts HO (Paint &. Patches). 

Betty Forsyth Harris (Q (Paint &. Patches). 

Jessica Bemis V/ard 63 ifiiints & /^sses), 

A\/no Walker Wood'dZ (Bum Chums) 



(l-r) Oinia Zenke S1. President, Oreensboro Club: 
Nan Vabbs Loftin &1: Kerri Pawlings '91. SBC 
Alumnae Programs Coordinator, Jill Steenhuis. 



Richmond, VA, 
December 1997 

SB Day luncheon with sisters 

Jane Reeb Chadwick '74 and 

Molly Reeb Nissman 77 speaking on 

"Investment Tips for Women." 




w-r, STanamqj L^etty Welitora i^ennerT -r/. r • \arqaret 

Towers Talman V9. Adelaide Boze Olascock HO. 

(l-r. seated) A\o//y Harris Jordan 62. Kitty Ouerrant 

Fields '53, Orace Bugg /^uller-Thym HZ 

Kitty Hart Belew H9. 



\i-r) f^olly Peeb Nissman. Jane Peeb Chad\.vick. 
Linda VeVogt '&(>. Club President; Dr. A\ory Wift IH. 



i^ynchburg, va, 
February 1998 

Event at the Fine Arts Center 

where Sarah Kingsley '99 did a 

January Term internship. 




Sarah Kingsley '99. Shelbie Filson 91. and 
Kafelin Chm'tehnski 99. 



(l-r) Lisa Wood Hancock (/Administrator at the 

Center), Sarah K/ng/sey 99. Shelbie Filson 91 

('Performing Arts Coordinator at the Center). 



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tion5 



New Faces 



Vice President for Finance 
AND Administration 
Mary Lou Merkt assumed her respon- 
sibilities as Sweet Briar's Vice President for 
Finance and Administration on January 1 , 
1997. 

Mary Lou has an extensive and impres- 
sive background in finance, with 
experience in the design of strategic plan- 
ning and budgeting processes and 
integration of information systems. She 
came to Sweet Briar from Radford 
L'niversity, where she served as Director 
of hiternal Audit, Director of Financial 
Services, Assistant Vice President for 
Finance, and Interim Vice President for 
Finance and Administration. ,^ y. 

Mary Lou's husband Bill is Senior Vice 
President for Strategic Planning at Carilion 
Health Systems in Roanokcj ^., ; 



l-oil-.^0--!CU-RKlCULAR ■ L'l|t 
Dr. Valdrie N. Walker began her du- 
ties as Sweet Briar's Dean of Co-Curricular 
Life (a position formerly called Dean of 
Students) in February, 1998. She is respon- 
sible for leadership in all areas of student 
life, including working closely with the 
Dean's Office to ensure the integration of 
student life programming into the College's 
academic life; residence life and housing; 
co-curricular programming; outdoor pro- 
gramming; student health and counseling 
services; and career services. „, 



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Before coming to Sweet Briar, Valdrie 
served as Assistant Dean of Academic 
Affairs and Director of the Transition 
Program in the College of Arts and 
Sciences at the University of Virginia. Her 
responsibilities entailed the coordination 
of student services, including academic 
with extra-curricular advising, and 
working closely with residential life. 
Directing the College Transition Program, 
she coordinated the advising services of 
27 faculty members. She also held the rank 
of Assistant Professor at UVA, teaching a 
fourth -year thesis viT"iting course. She has 
taught graduate-level courses in 
educational administration and 
supervision, and middle-school develop- 
ment. 

She earned a bachelor of science degree 
in education from St. Paul's College, 
Lawrenceville, VA, and a master of edu- 
cation degree in administration and 
supervision from UVA, where she also 
earned a doctorate \x\ education leadership 
and policy, ''^--^^f 

Valdrie is a native of Nelson County, VA; 
she and her son Dumont, a ninth -grader 
at Nelson County High School, are build- 
ing a home there. / 

New Appointment 

New Associate Dean of 
AcAPEiwic Affairs 
Following an initial review of over 70 ap- 
plications in a national search, the 
Associate Dean Search Advisory Commit- 
tee considered a number of very promising 



Recent 
Deaths 

1921 -Harriet Smith 

Mrs. Chester M. Frey 


1925-Louise Gibbon 

Mrs. R. C. Carmichael 
February 19, 1998 


1929-Eleanor Duvall 

Mrs. lames A, Spruill, )r. 
March 26, 1998 


1930-AgnesSproul 

Mrs. C. Edward Bush, Jr. 
November 7, 1 997 


1932-MarionMalm 

Mrs. W. MacDaniel Fowler 
February 28, 1998 


1925-Ruth Pratt 

Mrs. Ruth P. tones 
October 21, 1997 


1930-TeliaBarksdale 

Mrs. Louis P. Bailey 
April 21, 1998 


1931 -Margaret Lee 

Mrs. Glenn Thompson 
March 14, 1998 


1933-Emily Denton 

Mrs. Edward D. Tunis 
March 9, 1998 


March 25, 1997 

1923-RogeneBoyles 

Miss Rogene Boyles 


1926-Ellen Newell 

Mrs. W. Wright Bryan 
June 1,1998 


1930-Mary Elizabeth Embrey 

Mrs. Levin J. Houston III 
January 22, 1997 


1931 -Gertrude Lewis 

Mrs. Samuel D. Magavern 
January 28, 1998 


1933-Mary Peters 

Mrs. Karl Larsen 
April 19, 1998 


March 31, 1995 

1924-Esther|ack 

Mrs. Emerson V. Arnold 
March 1,1998 


1928-Sarah Everett 

Mrs. Walter D. Toy, Jr. 
November 16, 1997 


1930-Alice Leigh 

Mrs. Martin H. Caples 
1995 


1932-StuartGroner 

Mrs. John A. Moreno 
October 16, 1997 


1933-Mildred Redmond 

Mrs. Cornelius D. Vaughan 
December 1 3, 1 997 


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candidates and conducted campus inter- 
views witli three external candidates and 
one internal candidate, Professor of 
Spanish and Assistant Dean of Academic 
Affairs Alix Ingber. The Committee was 
proud to select Alix Ingber. 

Obviously, Alix kiiows more about Sweet 
Briar than any outside candidate, but it is 
also true that in comparison to the other 
candidates, none could touch her grasp of 
the national issues at work today in lib- 
eral arts colleges. Her administrative 
experience in serving as the first director 
of Sweet Briar's Honors Program, as well 
as her two years in the Dean's Office, give 
her a clear understanding of our special 
concerns. Also, her focus on interdisciplir 
nary interactions and the use of 
technology in the classroom will serve 
Sweet Briar well as we move toward imple- 
menting the College's Strategic Plan for the 
21" century. 

Alix joined the Dean's Office staff to help 
out in a time of transition; she came to 
value the importance of the holistic ap- 
proach that working in the Dean's Office 
provides, and took a leadership role in 
shaping the Orientation program for new 
students to our academic piu-pose, and in 
strengthening our advising system. 

Alix, the Search Advisory Committee's 
clear first choice, was appointed to a three- 
year term. 




InMemory of... 

Dr. JUL^ITH MOLINAR ElKINS 

It is with 
great sadness 
that we in- 
form you of 
the death of 
Dr. Judith 
Elkins, who 
retired from 
Sweet Briar 
on July 1 , 
1997, as the 
Charles A. Dana Professor of Mathemati- 
cal Sciences. 

Professor Elkins was a long-standing fac- 
ulty member in the Mathematical Sciences 
Department at Sweet Briar, beginning her 
teaching career here in 1975 as Associate 
Professor of Mathematics. In 1979, she 
became Professor of Mathematical 
Sciences and also served her department 
as its chairman through the 1981 
academic year. She was named the Charles 
A. Dana Professor of Mathematical 
Sciences in 1982. 

Prior to coming to Sweet Briar, Professor 
Elkins was an Assistant Professor at Ohio 
State University (1968-1975); Assistant 
Professor, National Science Foundation 
Institute at Drew University (summer, 
1968); Assistant Professor at Rutgers 
University ( 1 967- 1 968); Assistant Profes- 
sor at California State University, San Diego 
(1966-1967); and Instructor at Mount 
Holyoke College ( 1 960- 1 963). She held a 
B.A. degree from Wellesley College; an 
M.A. from Harvard University; and a Ph.D. 
from the University of Wisconsin. 



Professor Elkins was the recipient of nu- 
merous grants and many awards in the 
Mathematical Sciences Department, in- 
cluding the prestigious William C. Lowry 
Award from the Virginia Council of 
Teachers of Mathematics. In 1978, she 
directed the Computer Conversion Project 
at Sweet Briar, under a grant from the 
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Additionally, 
she became a co-recipient of a substan- 
tial Instrumentation and Laboratory 
Improvement grant from the National 
Science Foundation to fund a microcom- 
puter laboratory. In 1 986, Professor Elkins 
was the keynote speaker at Sweet Briar's 
Opening Convocation. The title of her 
speech was cleverly named "Compute, 
Computer, Computerized." During her 
teaching life at Sweet Briar, she received 
two awards for outstanding and excellent 
teaching, which were indicative of the love 
her students had for her. In the 1990 
Alumnae Magazine, Debra Donigan 
Bullet '8 1 was quoted as saying, "I didn't 
realize I liked math until I took one of Dr. 
Elkins' courses.. .Dr. Elkins recognized my 
ability and encouraged me — indeed 
pushed me — to excel in math. If it hadn't 
been for her, I wouldn't be where I am to- 
day." 

Aside from her active teaching life, Dr. 
Elkins was equally involved in the Amherst 
community, specifically being elected to 
the Amherst County Board of Supervisors, 
the first and only woman ever elected. She 
actively represented District 2, which in- 
cludes the Town of Amherst and the 
Temperance area. In 1996 she became 
Chairperson of the Board of Supervisors. 
A strong proponent of education. Dr. 
Elkins served on Amherst County's School 



1933-|eannette Shambaugh 


1935-Agnes Williams 


1938-Helen Allen 


1940-LoisFernley 


1944-Mary Churchill Walker 


Mrs. Jeannette S. Elliott 


Mrs. George). Ellis 


Mrs. John P. Stupp 


Mrs. FHenry S. McNeil 


Mrs. Kenneth Van de Water, Jr. 


April 2, 1996 


November 22, 1997 


May 1997 


March 4, 1998 


April 17, 1998 


1934-Marjorie Lasar 


1 936-Marjorie Griffin 


1939-BarbaraEarl 


1940-KatharineHill 


1944-Marjorie Woods 


Mrs. Ellis R. Hurdjr. 


Mrs. Claude 0. Caskey 


Mrs. Barbara E. Reinheimer 


Mrs. John S. Apperson III 


Mrs. Rushton Williamson 


March 5, 1998 


April 21, 1998 


September 28, 1 996 


February 28, 1998 


January 15, 1998 


1934-Rebekah Strode 


1936-)ane Moore 


1939-Gertrude Robertson 


1941 -Cynthia Harrison 


1945-Anne Carter Walker 


Mrs. St. George T. Lee 


Mrs. Thomas P. Johnson 


Mrs. John H. Midlen 


Mrs. Albion C. Drinkwater 


Mrs. Atwell W. Somerville 


March/, 1998 


January 13, 1998 


May 8, 1998 


May 12, 1998 


December 11, 1997 


1935-LucyF. Hoblitzell 


1937-Mary Johnson Lambeth 


1939-MaryTreadway 


1942-ElizabethDunn 




Miss Lucy F. Hoblitzell 
December 10, 1997 


Mrs. Winfield Blackwell 
November 17, 1997 


Mrs. Frederick R. Downs, )r. 
June 3, 1998 


Miss Elizabeth Dunn 
November 21, 1997 


Recent Deaths, 

CO>mNUED ON PAGE 54 



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Board and Planning Commission; she was 
an activist on important issues before the 
Board of Supervisors such as education, 
economic development, employment, and 
county services. 

As well as her great love for teaching and 
playing tennis, Professor Elkins enjoyed 
hiking, fishing, photography, and collect- 
ing antiques. 

In addition to her husband, Bryce Lee 
Elkins, she is survived by three children: 
Asa Elkins of Arlington, VA; Debra Elkins 
(SBC '93) of College Station, TX; and 
Rachel Elkins (SBC '91) of Clemson, SC. 

Memorial services were conducted Satur- 
day, December 13,1997 in the Sweet Briar 
College Memorial Chapel, with Chaplain 
Susan Lehman presiding. 

The family requests that those wishing to 
make memorial contributions consider the 
Judith Elkins Memorial Fund at Sweet 
Briar. 

'Photo of Judy Etkins from 'Public 'Relations file. 

H. Chester Markle, Jr. 

Retired SBC 
Professor H. 
Chester 
(Ted) 
Markle, Jr. 
passed away 
on October 
1, 1997. A 
m e m o r i a 1 
service was 
held on Oc- 
tober 4 at the First United Methodist 
Church wdth the interment at Brookville 
Cemetery, both in Brookville, PA. 




Dr. Markle served in the U.S. Army Corps 
from 1944 to 1945, and in the U. S. Air 
Force from 1951 to 1953. He received a 
B.S. in chemistry from Franklin & 
Marshall College in 1 949, where he was 
a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He earned 
his M.S. and Ph. D. from the Carnegie 
Institute of Technology. 

Before coming to Sweet Briar, he worked 
first as an Instructor from 1 954 to 1 956 
and then as an Assistant Professor from 
1956 to 1960 at Chatham College. In 
1961, he began his career at Sweet Briar 
as Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Pro- 
fessor Markle was granted permanent 
tenure as a member of the Sweet Briar 
faculty in 1966, and was appointed 
Chairman of the Chemistry Department 
in 1968, with a reappointment to this 
position in 1977. Retiring from Sweet 
Briar in 1 980, he received emeritus sta- 
tus in 1983. 

Gifts in his memoiy may be made to the 
SBC Friends of the Library. 



Photo of Chester /Aarkle from l9W&-idP.Pafck 




Dr. Fontaine Maur^- Belford 
It was with great sadness that we learned 

of the death 

of Dr. 

Fontaine 

Maury 

Belford, who 

served as 

Dean of the 

College and 

Professor of 

English from 

July 1982 to 

May 1985. Dean Belford died of cancer 

on January 30"', 1 998. She was buried 

in her home state of Mississippi. 




RECE^^• Deaths continued 


1948-SylviaSchively 


// you wish to write to a 


1947-AnneBurckhardt 

Mrs. Frank E. Block 
Date unknown 

1948-KatherineBerthier 


Mrs. James Robertshaw 
April 14, 1998 

1953-Lynne Kerwin 

Mrs. James E. Byron 


member of the family of 
someone recently 
deceased, please contact 


Mrs. |ohn M. McKelway 


Date unknown 


the Alumnae Office for 


May 1, 1998 

1948-Ann Harris 

Mrs. George F. Bellows 
February 10, 1998 


1953-CalharineMunds 

Mrs. Ben Storek 
January 18, 1998 


name and address. 


1948-Ann Paxson 

Mrs. G. William Gail, )r. 


1 961 -Susan Applegale 

Mrs. John Ansell 




May 7, 1 998 


January 11, 1998 





She came to Sweet Briar in 1 982 from 
Goucher College, where she was 
founder and director of The Goucher 
Center for Educational Resources, 
serving the adult community of 
Baltimore. The programs she designed 
included 100 noncredit liberal arts 
courses, a Women's Management 
Development Institute, and a 
postgraduate premedical program. 
After leaving Sweet Briar in 1 985, Dean 
Belford became a National Fellow for the 
Association of American Colleges in 
Washington, D.C. In April 1 987, she was 
appointed Dean of the Union Graduate 
School at The Union for Experimenting 
Colleges and Universities in Cincinnati, 
Ohio. 

During her term as Dean at Sweet Briar, 
she initiated several new programs, 
including the establishment of a student 
exchange with Royal Holloway College 
of the University of London, and the first 
American undergraduate program at 
Oxford (St. Hugh's College) for Sweet 
Briar students. Dean Belford delivered 
the address at Sweet Briar's 77th 
Opening Convocation in 1982, drawing 
on her theme, "Connect, Only Connect." 

Dr. Belford received her B.A. from 
Hollins in 1962, majoring in English, 
French, and philosophy. In 1964, she 
received her A.M. from the Yale Divinity 
School, and in 1968, her Ph.D. in 
comparative literature from the 
Liniversity of North Carolina, Chapel 
Hill. She also studied at the Sorbonne in 
Paris, the University of Munich, 
Harvard University, Massachusetts 
Institute of Technolc^y, and the British 
Museum. She joined the Goucher 
faculty in 1968, teaching English and 
comparative literature, and in 1977 
combined teaching with the creation of 
a widespread new community 
education program. She published 
several articles and contributed to many 
books in her field. 

Photo of Fontaine 3elford from Public Pelatiom file. 



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SWEET eRI.\R ALUMNAE MAuMINE-SUMMER/FALL 1998 



Elli:N Newell Bryan '26 
When Ellen Newell Bryan, 93, died 
June 1 , 1 998, Sweet Briar, Atlanta, 
and truly the "greater world 
community" lost a faithful friend, 
an intrepid advocate, and a 
delightful companion. Her 
enduring interest and enthusiasm 
as she lived each day touched the 
lives of countless others, from 
Margaret Mitchell and Lady Astor 
to longtime compatriots in the 
several communities she called 
home, to literally thousands o( Girl 
Scouts on wliose behalf she worked 
during 70 years of leadership in 
that organization at local and 
national levels. And, of course, she 
was an active participant in the 
lives of her Sweet Briar classmates, 
with whom she kept in toucli, and 
generations of Sweet Briar students, 
faculty, and staff who came to 
know and love her. ^ 

She will be remembered for her ebullience 
and vitality; her high good humor, wit and 
joie de vivre as a stoi-yteller par excellence; 
and also for her graciousness, and caring 
involvement in whatever milieu she found 
herself. A May 22, 1997 Atlanta Journal- 
Constitution article about her, written by 
Celestine Sibley, is headlined "Gracious, 
giving and fun — that's Ellen Bryan." Ellen 
loved a party: in an obituary notice, the 
same Celestine Sibley is quoted as 
describing her as "merry with infectious 
party humor." Not to suggest that her life 
was all fun and games; in 1994 she was 
diagnosed with colon cancer, and was in 
failing health for some time before 
succumbing to congestive heart failure. But 
her correspondence and contacts with 
people remained full of zest, retlecting her 
ever-upbeat attitude. 

During her 70-year commitment to the Girl 
Scouts, she received the organization's 
highest award, the Thanks Badge, in 1 948; 
in 1997, the Northwest Georgia Girl Scout 
Council named a lake at Camp Timber 
Ridge near Austell, GA in her honor (Lake 
Ellen Bryan), after making her its first 
emeritus board member in 199G. In 
addition, she was inunersed in her garden 
club, the Junior League, Colonial Dames, 
Daughters of the American Revolution, 




United Daughters of the Confederacy, and 
work for her church. 

Ellen's work for Sweet Briar covered many 
areas, including charter membership in the 
Indiana Fletcher Williams Associates 
(recognizing those who, during their 
lifetimes, stale in writing that Sweet Briar 
College is a benefactor m their wills); 
Boxwood Circle Committee membership; 
support of the Friends of the Library, the 
Wailes Student Center, and Daisy's Garden 
restoration; formation of the Atlanta Sweet 
Briar Club; and service on the Alumnae 
Association Board and as the Class of 
1 926's Fund Agent. Always concerned with 
"tomorrow," she was responsible for 
encouraging a number of Sweet Briar 
enrollees. In a 1 988 letter to the College, 
she noted that "over the years I have 
attended class reimions with gusto!" and 
in 1991 wrote, "No one who attended 
Sweet Briar loves it more than I who was 
there only 11/2 years! Two daughters and 
two grands there — three graduated." 

Ellen's "gusto" never waned. She attended 
many of the College's off-campus 
Reccgnition Weekends, and was present for 
former president Barbara Hill's 
inauguration in 1 99 1 , proudly stating that 
she had "met and known all of the 
presidents of SBC, except the first one!" On 



this occasion, Ellen stayed with 
granddaughter Keeley Sullivan '92 
in Keeley's dorm room ("Much 
more fun than anywhere else") and 
took part in a middle-of-the-night 
fire drill, making the final words 
of the old step-singing song, 
"When the fire bell rings at a 
quarter to three... I'll be back at 
SBC!" come true. And yes, Ellen's 
record holds up: of course she "met 
and knew" President Muhlenfeld. 

Ellen's husband, Wright Bryan, 
who died in 1991, served on SBC's 
Parents Advisory Board in the 
1950s and on the Board of 
Overseers and Directors for 13 
years, from 1957-70. Editor of the 
Atlanta Journal for more than 25 
years, and then of the Ckvdand 
Plain Dealer ior many years, he was 
Vice President for Development at 
Clemson University from 1 964-70. 

Surviving Ellen are son William Wright 
Bryan, Jr.; daughters Newell Bryan 
Tozzer '55 and Mary Lane Bryan 
Sullivan '58; six grandchildren including 
Ellen Tozzer Smith '87 and Keeley Sullivan 
Jurgovan '92; and six great-grandchildren. 

In 1995, the Atlanta Club held a reception 
in honor of Ellen's 90"' birthday, inviting 
all to "Come hear stories about Sweet Briar 
in the '20s and meet a very special alumna." 

Veiy special indeed. Borrowing from Cecile 
Frances Alexander's (1818-1895) All 
Things Bright and Beautiful: during her 
lifetime, Ellen encouraged "all things bright 
and beautiful"; in her relationships, revered 
"all creatures, great and small"; and 
worked toward making "all things wise and 
wonderful," appreciating that "the Lord 
God made them all." 

We are grateful to have known her. 



-Nancy Oods/^in 3oW^ 



57 



Ellen 3ryan as pictured on the /Atlanta Clubs 
invitation to its reception in honor of her 90' birthday. 



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Building on 
Bold Beginnings 



INTERPRETING 

RALPH ADAMS CRAm's 

PLAN FOR SWEET BRIAR's 

SECOND CENTURY 








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Cram Revisited: The Campus Plan 
for Sweet Briar's Second Century 

Swcei Bnar's new campus master plan is 
OML' outgrowth of an intense, two-and-a- 
half-year strategic planning process. All 
aspects of the College - our mission, acade- 
mic program, community, and environment 
- were examined in the context of the future 
needs of students. As our 100th anniversjry 
also marks the millennium, this comprehen- 
sive look ahead could not have been more 
appropriately timed. 

Much has changed since the College was 
founded in 1901 . Yet, the new master plan 
deliberately resonates with the old. As the 
most visible expression of Sweet Briar's 
identity and values, it succeeds in capturing 
the essential, honorable, decisive spirit that 
transformed a plantation into a first-rate 
educational institution. 

In an era when they could have right- 
fully opted to develop a small seminary, 
junior college, or finishing school. Sweet 
Briar's founding board broke with tradi- 
tion and took the bold step ot "creating a 
liberal arts college of the highest rank" for 
young women. 

Indiana Fletcher Williams' bequest had 
named four trustees - her bishop, her 
rector, the rector of the Fletcher family in 
Lynchburg, and her plantation manager - 
to carry out her broad, indeterminate 
wishes for Sweet Briar Institute. These 
men in turn elected three others to round 
out the board: a judge, a professor, and 
the president of Virginia Polytechnic 
Institute. 

For reasons that will never be 
completely unraveled, these seven 



already busy men chose the most difficult 
path, collectively agreeing to make Sweet 
Briar "a worthy monument to the liber- 
ality of its founder and the first among 
establishments for female education in the 
Stale and the South." 

At a moment when they could have 
constructed a few serviceable buildings to 
support their monumental educational 
efforts, the first board instead sought out 
one of America's leading architects, a 
man who was capable of making an 
enduring statement. Acting on the board's 
vision, Ralph Adams Cram set about plan- 
ning and building what he called "a great 
college for women." 

lust as the founding board had bravely 
chosen to break with conventional 
notions of women's education, so too 
Cram willingly abandoned his own signa- 
ture Gothic Revival style in developing 
Sweet Briar's master architectural plan. 
The formidable, medieval features Cram 
successfully impressed upon West Point 
and Princeton were relinquished in favor 
of a more indigenous, lefferson- 
influenced, Georgian Revival style. 

In presenting his plan. Cram said it had 
been "easy to determine the stylistic basis 
... of Sweet Briar College in Virginia 
where history, tradition, and architectural 
style predetermined the course to follow." 

As the buildings were raised - the first 
ones quickly, drawing on the dwindling 
resources left through Indiana's bequest; 
the later ones more slowly as the College 
worked to raise money for construction - 
Cram's plan came to fruition in the 
campus we see today. 

Of course, not all of Cram's original 
master plan translated into reality. As 











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early as 1925 with the construction of Reid 
Hall, the College deviated from the location 
specified in Cram's original plan. Some 
buildings, such as Memorial Chapel, eventu- 
ally were built on the site designated by 
Cram, but differed from the architectural 
style he envisioned. Others, such as Babcock 
Auditorium, were built both in a different 
location and out of context with Cram's 
Georgian Revival style. 

While Cram's plan was never realized in 
its entirety, the Board's vision surpassed all 
expectations as Sweet Briar developed a 
national reputation for the quality of its pro- 
grams. Though Cram had planned for the 
College's physical growth, he could never 
have anticipated meeting the ambitious. 



"Create a new master plan which 
will capture the spirit of Cram's 
original vision while providing a 
thoroughly modern Infrastructure 
In which a college of the 21st 
century can excel. " 

President Elisabeth S. Muhlenfeld 
and the Board of Directors 



always-changing academic and co-curricular 
needs of young women in the 20th century 
or the advancements in construction tech- 
niques from the early 1900s through today. 

As the College continued to grow in 
response to the evolving needs of students, it 
became clear that new academic programs, 
a full co-curricular life, and integrated tech- 
nology and equipment were stretching the 
capabilities of the current physical plant. 

In 1997, the Board of 
Directors and President 



Elisabeth Muhlenfeld set out to address these 
challenges through a new master plan that 
would carry Sweet Briar through its second 
century. The main caveat: to capture the spirit 
of Cram's original vision while providing a 
thoroughly modern infrastructure in which a 
college of the 21st century can excel. 

The College chose the Boston firm of 
Sasaki Associates to draw the new master 
plan. Over the course of 18 months, Sasaki 
planners worked with students, faculty, staff, 
alumnae, administrators, the Board of 
Directors, engineering specialists, and the 
architectural firm of Douglas Harnsberger and 
Associates to interpret Cram's original vision 
in light of the realities of 21 st century college 
life. In essence, they did what Cram himself 
had done when he interpreted the Georgian 
style for Sweet Briar and constructed his 
"great college for women." 

Sasaki's new master plan, presented to the 
Board of Directors and the campus com- 
munity in April 1998, was overwhelmingly 
approved and enthusiastically embraced. 

The plan serves as our facilities blueprint 
for the future, and complements the College's 
strategic planning initiative to be a truly 
student-centered college. As we have begun 
to introduce the plan to different groups of 
alumnae and members of the communi- 
ty, we have seen a level of enthusiasm 
that could lead to impatience: The plans 
are so right for our future that everyone 
is ready to build and institute them right 
away! 

Careful and deliberate planning is 
now under way to realize elements 
of both Sasaki's master plan 
and the strategic plan. While 
the heart of Sweet Briar is 
evidenced in this wonder- 
ful physical space that each 
member of the community 



treasures, its soul lies in the purposeful, resi- 
dential, academic program it offers young 
women. So each decision on any building 
program must be carefully matched with the 
academic and co-curricular programmatic 
need it will serve now and in the near-term 
future. As our world changes radically and 
the educational needs of students change 
with it. Sweet Briar must be flexible in 
addressing those changes, both in its pro- 
grams and in its facilities. 

It will be our task, as Sweet Briar enters its 
second century, to balance our programmatic 
needs with our facilities needs. Maintaining 
such a balance will lend itself to a thought- 
ful, clear plan of action that will fulfill our 
goals over the next 1 5-20 years. 

We look forward to involving the entire 
Sweet Briar community - alumnae, students, 
faculty, staff. Board of Directors, retirees, and 
friends - in this exciting endeavor. 



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Ricardo Dumont are members of 

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"Good architecture is ... 
primarily a matter of form, 
proportion, composition, well- 
chosen materials and absolute 
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Ralph Adams Cram (1863-1942) 

was the leading Gothic Revival archi- 
tect and theoretician of his day, special- 
zing in both ecclesiastical and colle- 
giate design. 

Cram's numerous church commis- 
sions included East Liberty Presbyterian 
Church in Pittsburgh and the Cathedral 
of Saint John the Divine in New York 

City. He was the campus archi- 
tect for Boston University, the 
Massachusetts Institute of Tech- 
nology, Princeton University, 
Sweet Briar College, the 
University of Richmond, 
Wellesley College, The U.S. 
Military Academy at West Point, 
and Wheaton College. He 



designed the Class of 1908 Gate 
along the side of Harvard Square and 
major buildings at the Blue Ridge 
School, Phillips Exeter Academy, St. 
George's School, St. Paul's School, 
and Williams College among many, 
many others. 

Cram served as vice president of 
the American Institute of Architects 
and president of the Boston Society of 
Architects. He also published 27 
books and wrote a great number of 
articles. One particular article on 
church architecture serialized in the 
periodical The Churchman - perhaps 
because it showcased Cram's insist- 
ence on absolute physical and spiritu- 
al honesty in construction - so 
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things in the world - the home, 
the school, and the Church - and 
when we are dealing with eternal 
verities, honest and enduring 
construction is alone admissible. " 



Trustees that they invited the architect to 
visit the site. 

Though his forte was Gothic 
Revival, Cram surprisingly set aside his 
medieval gray stone, turrets, and gar- 
goyles when designing the new Sweet 
Briar Institute. Instead, he proposed a 
unique, elegant, Jeffersonian style cam- 



pus that complemented both the rural 
Virginia landscape and the Board's 
enlightened outlook toward education 
for women. 

Writing in Architecture: Nineteenth 
and Twentieth Centuries, architectural 
historian Henry-Russell Hitchcock 
praised Cram's work for the College, 
saying: "Curiously enough, the Gothic 
Cram's Neo-Georgian Sweet Briar 
College in Virginia of 1901-1906 is 
more successful than much of his own 
medievalizing work or than compara- 
ble work by those who specialized in 
eighteenth-century design." 

Cram's master plan for Sweet Briar 
was a fresh, original endeavor for the 
architect, making it all the more pre- 
cious and worthy of our ongoing 



appreciation. That he outdid himself 
and his rivals in the process of build- 
ing the core campus is a feat worthy of 
our consideration as we seek to shape 
Sweet Briar's second century. 



"Attractive surroundings and 
artistic buildings have a 
profound and lasting 
influence on the hearts and 
minds of [students]. " 




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It does not seem likely th.it you could study, 
teach, work, play, live <ind Icirn on the 
same campus I'very day and never see it. II 
does not seem likely until you mt-et design- 
er and architect Ricardo Dumont of Sasaki 
Associates. Then, suddenly, you find your- 
self staring at the Cochran Library as though 
it had just ap[)eared. You drive around 
questioning ihc pl.ic emeni of as()h,ill ,ind 
signage and lights. You have an overwhelm- 
ing desire to prune trees. You calch yourself 
walking through buildings and courtyards 
llial do not yet exist. And you understand 
why the Sweet Briar (ommunity is sf) ex( il- 
cd about the new master (ilan. 

"There are too many riMsler plans silling 
on shelves," says Diimonl. "I hat is not wh.il 
Sasaki is ,il)oiil. We make things h<ippen. 
I very pic( e ol ihe pii/zic iiol only works 
logelher <is a whole, il is a< liiev.iblc." 

A( hievcibilily is .1 big pari of wlial 
m.ikes il so easy lo enter Duinonl's world. 
Ihe master plan makes irresislible sense in 
terms ol iK ai'sliiclu s, JK lee! Ini llic 
( ollege's day-lo-day operalions, and lis sen- 
sibly phased implemenlalion program. As 
llumoni expLiins il, "Ihe goal is lo use ihe 
( ollege's exisling assets more fully perhaps 
llian ihey have ever been used befoie and 
make improvements based on progiam 
malic needs, rfficiency is paii ol ilic plan," 

EfficieiK y, il turns oul, w.is noi soiiielhiii); 
archileds like Kalph Adams (ram weni oiii 
of iheir w.iy lo ac hieve. Il was rellex, a 
given, like brealhiii);. Ihi' sludenls and pro 
Icssois ( Mill Ii.hI in niiiiil diil iinl h.uc llii' 
option ol diiving lioni imr .111 i oiidilioned 
building lo .inolhei. ( onsciiiii'iilly, Ihey did 
not suffer the operational inellii ieiu ies ,\]h\ 
the personal isolation assoc iated with cam- 
pus sprawl. S.isaki's maslei plan is a delib 
crate altempi lo embiai e nuu h ol what 
C'r,im took for gianted 

"Walking through the original arcades, 
ask yourself: Am I outside or inside? II is 
hard lo tell Ixh ause one becomes the othc-i 
very (|iii( kly. That is Cram's gill. There is 
not ,\n al)ru()t sefjaration between the an hi 
lecture and Ihe site. The two are woven 
together flawlessly. And w I u'lhei In design 
or by gut instinci, Cram undei stood Ihal 
ptH)[)le also weave togelhei iiaturalK in this 
arrangement. There is a soc iai component 
to his plan that was lost in Swcvt Briar's 
growth, beginning in the '40s with the- west 
campus. So, in addition to rec apturing c)[)er- 
ational efficiencies, the compactness or 
density of the new maslei plan revives 
sociability." 

If cars enabled people to lose touch with 
each other, computers have us losing touch 
with our own bodies. In Cram's day, walk- 
ing was neither a virtue nor a science. It 
was how you got from place to place. The 
new master plan, with its attention lo ath- 
letic and recreational opportunities, takes 



the physical loll of 21st-century technology 
use into accrjunt. As Dumont points oul, 
"Look at Cram's core cluster of buildings 
and youTI see a trilogy, three vertical struc- 
tures emphasizing academics, religion, and 
food - all Ihe basics of college life circa 
190f) are covered. Sociability and athleti- 
cism were not the issues they are today." 




Urban designer and iandcape architect 
Kicardo "Kit" Dumont is one of a core 
group of Sasaki Associates senior profes- 
sionals responsible for Sweet Briar's Master 
Plan. His extensive institutional roster 
inc ludes Harvard University, Ihe 
Smithsonian South Quadrangle, Perdue 
University, and lona College. Mr. DumonI 
has held academic positions at Syracuse 
University, Harvard University, and MIT. 

C lam studied and drew inspiration Irom 
Thomas Jefferson's University of Virginia 
campus or "academical village," with its 
intimate arrangement ol buildings and 
(|ua(lrangles. I le also grew uf) in New 
I nglancl, .imong hilltop \ illages surround- 
ed by tarmland. These influences con- 
verged at Sweet Briar in sulille and 
[irovocative ways. "Cram darcxi 
lo be as good as he could be," 
urges Dumont, "and we need to 
be c"ciually as bold in our efforts 
lo build on his legacy." 

I ike C ram, Sasaki Associates 
began v\ork using Sweet Briar's 
mission statement as its guide. 
"This is not about buildings," 
says Oumonl, "it's about acade- 
mic and social values. The 
physical plant has to reflect and 
enhance a broader, long-term 
vision." 

Bui unlike Cram, the Sasaki 
kwm has been able to interact 
v\ ith a campus community that 



has been field-testing the features of its aca- 
demical village for 100 years. The new 
Sweet Briar master plan is the result of nine 
months spent talking and walking with stu- 
dents, staff, faculty, administrators, alumnae 
and board members. Four presentations 
t(X)k place, including open houses in which 
all members of the community were invited 
to make comments. It was an informative, 
engaging exchange that sent Sasaki back to 
the drawing board, especially in regard to 
the Student Center. 

As Dumont tells the story, "This institu- 
tion is very different. What I heard from 
students is that they actually care. They 
expect to come back after graduation and 
ihey want to contribute to Sweet Briar's 
future. Now, I have never - and I've been 
to a great number of other universities and 
colleges - I have never heard that from 
another student much less a group of stu- 
dents. This is a very involved community." 

The compliment goes both ways. 
Sasaki's holistic, hands-on approach has 
effectively drawn the community together 
to bask in our traditions and consider our 
possibilities. It is a process that has height- 
ened our awareness of the tremendous gifts 
we have been handed this century and 
sparked our desire to offer at least as much 
to future generations. 

"My first day here was incredible," says 
Dumont, "I come from a farming back- 
ground, scj I was immediately struck by 
how Cram put the assets of the land to their 
highest and best use. Cram did so wonder- 
fully what most architects do not even 
attempt today. He not only sited an elegant 
series of buildings, he sited ihem perfectly, 
perfectly on a piece of land. The ability lo 
meld land with buildings, to optimize effi- 
ciency and foster sociability, and to capture 
all the simplicity and vitality of a flourish- 
ing village is the hallmark of a great 
American campus. This is the ideal we 
need to reinterpret and match, in a bold 
manner, just like Cram." 



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Tho confitmction of.i new student center (shown in bright 
yellow, left) jnd .1/1 indoor .ithletic center (right) will provide 
the heart of student life activities. These priority initiatives will 
improve the College's appeal to prospective students, and 
promote social and recreational interaction, strengthening a 
sense of "place" and community among students. 

One of Sweet Briar's most immediate needs is to provide 
adequate support for student academic research, as well as 
faculty and staff development, through an addition to and 
upgrading of the Cochran Library. The first phase of this 
priority initiative will equip the College with the facilities 
required to meet the demands of anticipated growth and 
changing technology over the next generation. This 
illustration also shows a second addition, if needed, to meet 
the library's long-term spatial requirements (center, front). 



On a campus that continually buzzes with 
fresh ideas, bright young women, busy pro- 
fessors, and energetic alumnae, it is hard to 
believe that we could really be almost 100 
years old. And Douglas ). Harnsberger and 
his firm have been given the tough job of 
holding up the mirror. 

"Door knobs, shutters, downspouts, side- 
walks - I have gone over Sweet Briar's his- 
toric district with a fine-tooth comb," he 
reports, "but the one thing which still con- 
cerns me about the project has nothing to 
do with the campus. It's me. I'm afraid I'm 
so critical sometimes that no one realizes 
how enthusiastic 1 am." 

Harnsberger has nothing to worry about. 
Anyone who has heard him speak or any- 
one who has read his 240-page ref)ort 
knows he ardently supports the College's 
preservation efforts. He is, as you would 
expect, deeply committed to maintaining 
the historic character of the campus. But he 
is also remarkably considerate and humor- 
ous in his approach. He understands, for 
example, that the security lights marring 
Cram's exquisite facades are "necessary .iiul 
well-intentioned," and he is quick to point 
out solutions more in tune with the charai - 
ter of the campus. In a recent presentation, 
his detailed slides of overgrown shrubbery 
elicited laughter from an alumnae audienc e 
who immediately grasped the need for 
some "judicious pruning." 

Harnsberger's work is a valuable and 
essential part of the College's master plan. 



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While Sasaki's team aimed at the big pic- 
lure, his team examined the minutiae: bro- 
ken lattice under the porches, fungus on 
the windowsills, cracked brickwork, tailing 
kncvwalls, loose railings, staine(1 limestone 
cornices - all the small insults and intru- 
sions which, if not properly resolved, can 
imperil the grandest structures over time. 





Consulting historical arthilccl Douglas |. 
Harnsberger is the principal of Harnsherger 
and Associates, Architects, P.C ., a Richmond- 
based firm exclusively devoted to the 
restoration and rehabilitation of historic 
properties. Among his more prominent 
recent projects are the Belle Grove and 
Carter's Grove Plantations, Hanover Tavern 
Restoration, Fort Belvoir Hislorit Building 
Survey and Cultural Resources Management 
Plan, and the Shenandoah National Park's 
Conference Hall and Big Meadows M>dge 
Rehabilitations. Douglas Harnsherger holds 
an A.B. in architecture and political science 
from the University of California at Berkley 
and a master's degree in archilec lural 
history from the University of Virginia. 

The good news is that the College's his 
toric assets, the Cram ensemble and the 
antebellum Sweet Briar House and slave 
cabin, are ideal candidates frjr historic 
preservation. No major roof leaks or struc- 
tural failures were uncovered. As 
Harnsberger describes it, "Cram used slalc 
roofs, Flemish bond brickwork, and enor- 
mous concrete substructures. We did not 
find any major stress fractures in any of 
his buildings. The Sweet Briar Historic 
District quite literally rests on firm founda- 
tions. That is a remarkable legacy after 
100 years." 

Based on the dollar value of materials 
alone, the rehabilitation and reuse of 



Sweet Biiai's 21 historic buildings ni.ikes 
good economic sense. The cost lu build the 
same i ampus today would be asliononiic al. 
[von as early as l')^^, Cianis high spec if i- 
c alions wimo being compromised by bud- 
getary concerns. 

In her 1')c)7 lOunclois Day C onvocation 
Address, art history professor Aileen Laing 
noted that a comparison between Benedict 
(M)0(>) and I letc hei (1')2S) "c lc>arly revc-als a 
lecliiclion in ciuality. 1 he shilt fiom hand- 
kilncd liiick maclc> lioin Swecl Biiar clay lo a 
commerc iai brand may h.ivc- been a ni.illei- 
ol economics. One's ()reference lor one over 
Ihe other is purely personal, but if you look 
c losely at the two buildings, you will soon 
see other cost-c ulling measures, f letc her 
l.\c ks ihe attention lo .irc liilec luial dclail 
vvhic li m.ikc's licnedic I sue h a salislying 
liuildmi; .u'slhclic ally: wood has ref)laced 
stone lor ihe del.iiling, there is no dentil 
molding at the cornice line, .w(\ Ihe pilasters 
in ihe inside of the colonnade are missing." 
Yd, despite some torgiv.ible Irade-ofls in 
ni.iU'iials over ihe years, I l.unshergcr ,\nd 
Assoc iaics h.ive .issurc'd Swcel liri.ir ihal, 
with historic ally niiiullul niainlcn.inc c, 
Oam's buildings will e.isily last .inolhci cen- 
tury or two. The c hallenge is to pro|)erly 
preserve what we have inheriled. And in 
I lariisheiger's .issessmenl, good aeslhelic s 
and alldiil.ilili' iipkci'p .iic iiol < i)iilli( lini; 
goals 

Krplac enieni windows are <i good exam- 
ple ol I larnsberger's reasoning. " 1 he c harac- 
ler of Cram's work," he explains, "is nol just 
( ommunic aled in Ihe big |)ie lure. It's also 
loiind in Ihe delails. I here are manufactur- 
ers who c .111 re()lic ale energy-effic ienl win- 
dows lo mate h (ram's origin. lis. In ihe mod- 
ern, iiref.ihricaled world ol building su[)- 
[)lies, you will nol find the same level of 
c|uality or detail. The windows are chea[)er, 
f)ut Ihey are nol intended lo last generations. 
Cuslom windows ()rovide much longer ser- 
vice, eventu.illy iiLikinj; up llic difference 
in cost." 

Of c ourse, the v.iluc^ of Swcel liri.ir's his- 
toric initiative goes beyond buclgel.iry fac- 
tors. It acknowledges our cultural responsi- 
bilities as stewards of history and place. In 
addition lo detailing the work that needs to 
Uf done, I larnsberger's Sweet Briar College 
Historic Siruc lures Report is filled with histo- 
ries of Ihe buildings .ind .inecdoles about 
their original inhabitants. The 240-page doc- 
ument is a docent's dream and a great con- 
tribution in and fjf itself. 

"I was delighted lo receive the College's 
invitation," says Harnsberger. "It is often 
economical lo reuse existing buildings but, 
in Sweet Briar's case, it is also very 
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The quintessential American campus 

when implementation of the master plan is complete, the Sweet Briar College campus will be a 
model of the quintessential American campus with quadrangles and open spaces that provide a 
tangible sense of place for the College community. The master plan envisions a phased develop- 
ment program that encompasses six initiatives. 





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The Student Center Initiative 

Located at the Jrreart of IFie'campus^'a'new sFudent 
center will provide a needed focus that will (teThe 
academic, residential, sptrittial and social elements of 
the campus together. The new facility, combined with 
the existing dining hall, will be the campus' primary 
meeting place with a ''^one-stop shopping approach" 
designed to meet the needs of busy students. 




The Athletics Initiative 

The renovation of the Daisy Williams Gymnasium and 
the addition of a new fieldhouse will add much-need — 

ed indoor practice and exercise facilities for team 

sports and the larger College community. A significant 
improvement to the landscape will be the completion 
of the memorial stairs and path, which will connect 
the new student center to the fieldhouse. 



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The Housing Initiative 

The additipnrof studen 

apartments and townhouses on the west side-of the 
campus will balance the quality of the traditional 
residential community, invigorate campus life, 
enhance co-curricular activities, and present women 
with an alternative housing experience to prepare 
them for fife after college. 



The Historic Initiative 

This initiative represents the completion of the maiority 
of the renovation work needed to ensure the historic 
preservation of the Sweet Briar College National Historic 
District. These include Fletcher, Benedict, Sweet Briar <— 
House, and Crammer. 



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Background: The master plan for 
Sweet Briar College executed by 
Ralph Adams Cram in 1928. 



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The Arts Initiative 

The completion of improvements to the west campus 
includes the renovations of Babcock and Pannell. Intimate 
courtyards on either side of Pannell will be landscaped. 
The adaptive reuse of the dairy barns may provide space 
for classrooms, offices, and studios for sculpture and 
ceramics. 



The Library Initiative 

This initiative will expand the Cochran Library to sup- 
port student needs, faculty development, and changing 
technology over the near-term. The Phase I addition 
will be constructed to the nqrth of the existing library. 
Once cons<ru2tion i&ompl^te, the adjacent open 
spaces can be addressed. The quadrangles south of the 
library will berenovated. The court between Carson 
and Benedict Will be enhancjed with lawn and tree 
planting. ,1 1 



The Sasaki master plan recreates 
Cram's 1928 eastern quadrangle 
plan by relocating vehicular and 
pedestrian traffic to enhance the 
intimacy of the central area. 



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President Muhlenfeld (center) and (left to right) Dan Kenney and Ric Dumont of Sasaki Associates, Sweet Briar College 
Board of Directors Chairman Sara Finnegan Lycett '61 and Vice-Chairman Bradley Hale study the model of the Sweet 
Briar campus master plan prepared by Sasaki Associates Inc. 



Dear Alumnae and Friends of Sweet Briar College, 

Liberal arts education is undergoing dramatic transformation. Its challenge: to renew and revitalize the 
traditional disciplines and the approaches we think of as liberal learning - all in the "real world" context our 
graduates now face of unceasing change and increasing complexity. This is not rhetoric. It is reality. 

This Master Plan exemplifies that reality in a compelling way. To fulfill our mission as a 21st-century liberal 
arts college for women, we must renew and revitalize our existing assets. We do this in the context of new 
demands on our physical plant dictated by such issues as new developments in science and technology, new 
interdisciplinary collaborations, and new appreciation for the importance of physical fitness. 

Just as our educational planning has been the driving force that guides campus planning, so a good master 
plan actually shows us new possibilities. It helps us envision how we can marry tradition to the future — not only 
in our facilities, but also in student lite and academic programs. The Student Center in this Master Plan, for 
example using "old " buildings and courtyards, helps us see ways we can create physical space that will encourage 
community and leadership development. The Arts Initiative shows us the academic posssibilities that could 
accrue by bringing all arts programs into one "neighborhood," using familiar buildings, renovated and expanded. 

For those familiar with the founding first decade of the College, the far-reaching decisions we are making 
today will resonate in a powerrful way. We have been here before. And the task is no lesss momentous now than 
it was is igoi. The first plan tor the College was masterful. Now, building on bold 
beginnings and a century-long commitment to high quality, a new Master Plan 
invites all of us to look out five, ten, twenty years at a Sweet Briar more beautiful - 
and more intellectually vital - than it has ever been. 



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Elisabeth S. Muhlenfeld 



SWEET 
BRiAR 

COLLEGE 



1C\0C\ President and Secretary: 
Iv'Av Sally Callison Jamison 

Consider the fact that when we were in college we were 
known as "flappers." Doesn't then Eleanor Duvall 
Spruill's admonition to keep flapping fit into our logos? 
As usual the first flap came from the indomitable Izzy 
North Goodwin who swims every morning at 8 a.m. 
She continues to enjoy her new life playing a lot of bridge 
and leaving the household chores to others. Her 10 
grands and greatgrands keep her on her toes. A perky 
picture of Lisa Guigon Shinberger came with a Christ- 
mas card. She was celebrating her 90* in great style 
wearing a festive hat, a red dress, and was surrounded 
by lots of flowers. Sue Tucker Yates can't believe that 
we are still here in '98. She is thankful that she can see, 
hear, and remain active in several clubs. She enjoys 
having her daughter near her in Charlotte, after having 
lived in England for years. She often sees her 4 chil- 
dren, 1 5 grands, and 7 great grands. Martha Dabney 
)ones at 88 continues to be active and involved. She 
asked if I knew how many '29ers are still flapping and I 
found, upon inquiry, that there are 38 of us with current 
addresses. Evaline Thoma writes that the past year has 
slipped by with much accomplished - but she can't re- 
member what it was! She had her usual Feb. in Arizona 
and hopes for a summer of golf. Alwyn Redmond Barlow 
is still happy and comfortable in a beautiful center near 
her grands and great grands who love to push her wheel 
chair. Last October daughter jane (SBC '59) and I at- 
tended Alumnae Council weekend at SBC. While there 
we were happy to see Gert Prior and have a little visit 
with her. She has problems with sight and hearing but 
her mind is as sharp as ever. We found, again, that Oc- 
tober is a great time to see the college in action and to 
see and hear alumnae representatives from around the 
country. They are an outstanding group. The Naples area 
SBC alumnae meeting was held at the home of Helen 
Gwinn Wallace ('41) in Bonita Springs with Anne 
Burroughs O'Connor ('41 ) as co hostess. We were de- 
lighted to welcome as our honored guest President 
Elisabeth Muhlenfeld who talked to us about the state 
of our beloved col lege. She answered many of our ques- 
tions as did college representatives Louise Zingaro and 
Mitch Moore. 

As this letter goes in to SBC, I will be joining daugh- 
ter lane to go to Kiowa, SC for a little sunshine and sand 
with granddaughter Sarah Palazzo and her family. Our 
latest losses are Anne Gochnauer, Janet Bruce Bailey, 
and Eleanor Duvall Spruill, the coiner of our '29 phrase 
"Keep flapping!" And so we will. Sally 



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President: Toole Rotter 
WeUford 



Mary Stewart Kelso writes: I am now living at Spring 
Lake Village, a beautiful retirement community in Santa 
Rosa. Wally Treanor died Oct. 1 995 and I came here in 
May '97. It is good to be close to old friends and to 
remain active in the Symphony League and the junior 
League. I send my deep affection to Sweet Briar and to 
any of my classmates who may still be on earth. 

Helen Lawrence Vander Horst writes: My life con- 
tinues very much the same with visits to my children 




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and grandchildren in Tennessee, and my two great- 
granddaughters in Charlotte, NC. My interests outside 
my family are centered in my church, Garden Club, 
Shakespeare Club, and the Colonial Dames meetings. I 
am thankful to be well and able to enjoy my varied life. 



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President: Majorie Ward Cross, 
Secretary: Virginia Squibb 
Flynn, Fund Agent: Eleanor 
Wright Conway 
With great sadness I report the deaths of Stuart Croner 
Moreno on Oct 16, '97; Virginia Hall Lindley on Feb 
15, '97; Virginia Nalle Page on jan 15, '97; Doris 
Hodgdon Wenning on Dec 9, '96; Bobbie Musgrave 
Grimes on jan 11, '97; and Marion Malm Fowler on 
Feb. 28, '98. 

Henrietta Bryan Alphin represented our class at our 
65* reunion. Bless her, she drove across two moun- 
tains to Sweet Briar. She joined the '42ers. She loves 
her mountain where her children come for frequent vis- 
its. Majorie Ward Cross moved to Wilmington. This 
summer Pat welcomed her second great grandson. Anna 
Gilbert Davy: Gusie and Hugh like a beautiful life care 
retirement home in Carmel Valley. Plenty of activities. 
Daughter in CO, son in Seattle. Suzanne Gay Linville 
and her husband are making new friends their second 
year in a retirement home in Rye, NY. Children nearby. 

Barbara Munter Purdue and Bob celebrated their 
50* wedding anniversary, 21 family present. Barbara 
and Bob will leave for Hawaii where they will see 
Mildred Larimer 'il and Majorie Gubelman. Emma 
Green Kennon hears every month or so from Barbara. 
Em has been very comfortable at Canterbury Court for 
five years, mostly getting out to various doctors and the 
beauty shop; hears from Hazel Stamps Collins, who lives 
in Naples and Atlanta. 

Eleanor Wright Conway; El is staying in "shape" in 
special activities at her "retirement home." Daughter 
Ruth and family nearby. Attended SBC luncheon Dec 
27 with Yolanda Moore '71. Emma Knowlton Lytle 
writes her movie "Raising Cotton" received recognition 
and was sent to Delta State University along with seven 
paintings. Margaret Bennett Cullum: Bobbie still lives 
in her big house on Seneca Drive where children and 
grandchildren come for lunch, eleven at the table. Mar- 
garet travels to Boston, Washington and NY for 
wonderful theater and concerts. 

Virginia Squibb Flynn writes that she and Jim are 

starting our fifth year at Evergreen Woods. Happy and 
secure Ginny is recovering from hip surgery nicely but 
not strong enough for the long trip to Naples. So sorry 
not to see Hazel Collins. EaHier we went to DC for Kevin 
Flynn's wedding. A second grandson, Sean Flynn, will 
be married in DC in April. I love hearing from you "my 
dear classmates." 



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lane Lawder writes: Travel has continued for me. In July 
I took a very informative trip to Alaska and the Yukon. 
Very recently I had two weeks in South Carolina enjoy- 



ing relatives. Muchof my time at home is spent in group 
bible study. 

Alice McCloskey Schlendorf continues to live in an 
attractive senior residence near where family live. Her 
grandson graduated magna cum laude from Duke Uni- 
versity in 5/97. Isabel Scriba writes, "Trying to get used 
to old age." Isabel enjoyed 2 weeks on Lake Como on a 
painting trip 8/97 and continues to go to the Florida 
Keys for the winter. 

JO *2Q President: Lucy Gordan Jeffers, 

I v V/v Vice President: Jean McKenney 

Stoddard, Secretary: Anne 
Benedict Swain, Fund Agent: 
Jean Oliver Sartor 

Another year has raced by, bringing us closer to May 

'99 when we celebrate our 60*! 

Sadly we lost some members since our 1 997 spring 
issue- Virginia Cheatham Newton died in October 1 996, 
Lucretia Martin in June 1 997, Anne Huddleston Cheek 
in July 1997, and Anne Dearstyne Cornwell in August 
1997. Lucy Gordan Jeffers sent me a lovely note about 
"Bucket" who was her roommate. "She was a very vital 
and lively person, of great common sense, and with a 
marvelous sense of humor." 

Lucy went to England in April for a tour of 
Northamptonshire. They saw 1 3 stately homes in 6 days- 
"interesting but a bit much." 

Our bride this year is Elsie Day Sutherlin who mar- 
ried Retired US Navy Admiral William Paden Mack. 
She recalls that she used to attend Navy hops with him 
when she was at Sweet Briar. Elsie plans to attend our 
60*-wonderful! She enjoyed lunch recently with Mar- 
garet Ballard Whitehurst. 

After trying a retirement home in Tarboro, Shirley 
and Brucey Woodard have moved to her daughter's 
guest apartment in Wrightsville Beach where they get 
large doses of TLC-just perfect for them. 

Gracey Luckett Bradley reported that for the first 
time in years their little group (Eleanor Claflin Williams, 
Henri Minor Hart, Lottie Lewis Woollen, and Lillian 
Neely Willis) did not get together, but they keep in touch 
by phone. Claffy has her first great grand, and she has 

II grands! She has a show of monotype prints at the 
Chinese Cultural Institute in Boston 2/98. Gracey's 
youngest daughter Fran Stoddard was married at 
Thompson's Point on Lake Champlain, and there was a 
grand Stoddard reunion, with all of the John and Jean 
McKenney Stoddards plus Gracey's family Then Gracey 
took a quick cruise to the Mediterranean to rest up. 

Henri Minor Hart is back into attending hockey 
games, as her grandson is on the team at Denver Univ. 
She reports that she is trying to keep up with the garden 
(using the term looselyl and does lots of community 
stuff. Boot Vanderbilt Crampton sees Gracey Bradley 
and Biddy Sita often in Naples, FL. She keeps very busy 
with tennis, bridge, needlepoint, and genealogy. Her 
family gave her a cane with a horn and a mirror for a 
recent birthday. Augusta Edwards Farrier reported that 
Sarah Belk Gambrell received an honorary degree from 

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Furman this year-congratulations! Cussie is busy as can 
be-attending everything from a debutante ball in Ra- 
leigh to a grandson's book-signing at Barnes and Noble, 
with family trips to Pawley's Island, SC, Richmond, 
Marblehead, MA, and Charlotte in between. 

Mary Treadway Downs still enjoys golf, but her 
handicap rises with her age. She and Fritz took trips to 
the Caspe, and to the San |uan Island off the coast of 
Washington. Their daughter has opened a new B&B 
there (Arbutus Lodge). Yvonne Leggett and Cordon 
Sanford went to London and Scotland last summer, and 
visited St. Andrew's University, remembering thai 
Gracey, Lottie, and Mary Frances Buchanan spent our 
junior year there. Recently the Sanfords and the Downs 
got together. Yvonne said they ate ostrich which tastes 
like steak. And she claims that one ostrich egg serves 
30 people! Ellie (or Connie) Wallace Price writes of a 
wonderful wedding last summer near Binghamton, NY, 
the bride being a grandniece of Sam. The guests were 
wined and dined starting with a Friday night catered 
picnic supper; on Saturday after the ceremony the 1 00 
or so guests were served a seated dinner. The final meal 
for the weekend was a Sunday brunch by the creek sev- 
eral miles outside town. Connie's fine except for the 
arthritis in her right arm. 

Jean Oliver (J.O.) and Alton Sartor had an early 
summer vacation to Napa and Sonoma Valley, CA, and 
then back to San Francisco. They then flew to Calgary 
and had a gorgeous train and bus trip through the Ca- 
nadian Rockies. Sarah Tarns Kreker plans to join the 
SBC 50* anniversary of junior Year in France trip 6/98. 
It will be a 60"' anniversary for her, and a Cornell friend 
from that year is joining her. Elizabeth Perkins Prothro 
and Charles spend the summers in Pebble Beach, CA 
and most of the rest of the year at home in Wichita Falls, 
TX. Perky's youngest granddaughter (SBC '95) was mar- 
ried in April, and there were 13 "Briarites" at her 
wedding including the Prothros' daughter Kay Yeager, 
the mayor of Wichita Falls, and her two daughters. Perky 
has eight great grandchildren! Betty Bird attended he 
Fred Astaire 50* Anniversary Bash at Tyson's Corner, 
VA. She was competing, and says that's supposed to 
keep her in shape for our 60*! Recently she also made 
trips to Germany, Hawaii, and Acapulco. 

Nancy Gatch Svien is happy and grandmotherly 
with her three children and their families in the twin 
cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN. She belongs to 
two most enjoyable women's groups, and goes into spas 
where she knows the water from the Earth's center will 
be wonderfully hot. )ean Moore von Sternberg and 
George have moved to a retirement apartment close to 
their doctors, hospital etc.-and she confesses she doesn't 
miss cooking. I agree 100 percent-l cook bacon and 
scrambled eggs once a week, and make BLT's with the 
tomatoes from my own garden-but that's pretty much 
the extent of my culinary efforts. Mary Brown 
Henderson plans to be with as many family members 
as possible now that she has reached 80. One son and 
his wife are still in London, and their sons are now in 
the US-one a first year med. student at the Univ. of Illi- 
nois, and another a lieutenant in the Marines who aided 
in the Sierra Leone evacuation. Two other sons are in 
Chicago and a granddaughter is to be married next Au- 
gust. Mary still works on boards for Northwestern U. 
Settlement in Chicago, and belongs to the Altar Guild 
at her parish church. 



Ann Parks says nothing has changed except that 
she's older, and closer to driving a gigantic car real slow 
with her little gray head peering over the dash board. 
Ethel Hauter Crowe says there's not much to write about. 
There are many activities at the Univ. of Delaware, and 
she plays lots of bridge. Grace Robinson McGuire I isted 
some statistics such as she is still married to Bill McGuire, 
and they are both in good health. Snooks has 10 grand- 
children ranging from 29 to 8. No great grands (yet). 
Four nice children, 1 girl and 3 boys. 

Katherine Bonsall Strong is looking ahead to much 
travel. In mid October Kay and 5 friends will be staying 
in a villa South of Rome and taking day trips. They will 
also have several days in Florence. Sounds lovely! Then 
in November two children, their respective mates and 
three granddaughters expect to enjoy Disney World with 
Kay. Then back to Noank for her church's Silent Auc- 
tion-she does a lot of collecting for it. Kay takes art 
lessons-oils and pastels. In mid December she'll visit 
her eldest daughter and her family (5 boys) in South 
Africa, staying until Feb. 1 3. 

lanet Thorpe racked her brain to send some inter- 
esting tidbits, but to no avail. It was a quiet summer 
(but delightful, weather-wise) with the usual self-im- 
provement c lasses, volunteer work, and a few weekend 
trips. Marion Mann Roberts can't believe it's almost 60* 
reunion time. She is very happy, active with National 
Hospice, New York Public Library, Montclair Museum, 
the Y, the Mountain Lakes Library and her first great 
granddaughter. Jean Black Jennings is still in beautiful 
Oregon, and is amazed that she is still here (on earth!). 
She plays tennis twice a week, and takes an annual ski 
trip to Aspen. She went on a marvelous trip to Australia 
(including the Barrier Reef), and last spring took her 
fourth Windjammer cruise. She keeps feeling young, 
partly because she is surrogate mother and grandmother 
to her deceased daughter's two teenagers, lean has two 
great grandchildren, sons of her oldest grandson. Julia 
Ridgely Howe says that life begins at 80-she's never 
been happier! She's still writing a column in the weekly 
county paper, and she was the recipient of an award 
from the Whitefield Historical Society for 14 years of 
dedicated service as the organization's secretary. Also 
she was honored by the director of the Weathervane 
Theatre. Last summer they dedicated the play "Miss 
Julie" to her and this past year she became the original 
"Pink Lady" at the end of "Grease." lulia's sister Margie 
Keith who lives in Lancaster, NH near lulia has improved 
greatly in her health thanks partly to a caring husband. 
The only activity she has had to give up is traveling 
South. But she has a nice beau which makes up for the 
lack of travel . Julia Saunders Michaux says they have a 
lot to keep them busy-Dick with his vegetable garden, 
and Julia with her flower garden. She is still very active 
in the church, and is on the Committee making the 
nal plans for decorating St. James after the fire 

Ned and I keep going-maybe not as fast as we used 
to, but who cares? I still have a few too many volunteer 
jobs here in the retirement home and at church-but I 
can still find time for bridge or reading! Son Ted and his 
wonderful family-darling wife Ruth and Ned and Bob, 
their 2 teenage sons - live only 20 minutes from us. 

My everlasting thanks to all of you who answered 
my plea for news! Now-think 60* reunion, and we'll 
shortly be back together at the Patch in spring of '99. 



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1Qi/1/\ President; Blair Bunting Both, 
/v^ T v/ Secretary; Adelaide Boze 

Glascock, Fund Agent: Betty 

Frantz Roberts 

Many thanks to the Faithful Forty who responded to my 
plea for news. Loved hearing from you! 

Sad to report the following deaths; George Hart, 
husband of Georgia Herbert Hart, August '97; Tate 
Mason, husband of our May Queen Beth Thomas, and 
in lune '97 Irene Vongehr Vincent, whose interesting 
family letters I shall miss. 

Agnes Spencer Burke fell over her suitcase before 
leaving for a summer vacation in NH and spent her time 
practicing her golf swing by hitting acorns with her cane! 
Blair Bunting Both and Rich rented a wonderful house 
in Provence near Avingnon last Spring with Blair and 
Steve as visitors plus their AFS son from England. Emory 
Gill Williams and Cankie did the same thing in the Fall 
and now look forward to the marriage of their first grand- 
child in the Spring. 

Christmas "came to pass" at the homes of children 
of Phoopy Burroughs Livingston and Henry with glori- 
ous music since the children and grandchildren sing in 
choirs. Phoopy has been in touch with Anne Adamson 
Taylor, Parge Woods Gillette, Mary Frances Hazelton, 
Cynthia Noland Young, Virginia Leggett Cameron "all 
seemed cheerful despite the exigencies of old age." Anne 
Conant Weaver is happy as a clam in Reno, Nevada. 

Our class Baby, Charles William Frazier III, Clara 
Call Frazier and Bill's first child, was 57 years old 5/24/ 
98. He has a 30-year old daughter with a master's de- 
gree in education who teaches in Portland, OR where 
they live. Clara and Bill celebrated their 57* wedding 
anniversary on the West Coast with 5 of their other chil- 
dren and 7 grandchildren. 

Connie Chalkley Kittler and Kit were in Palo Alto, 
CA to visit their younger son, then came back through 
the Panama Canal to San Juan. Later they traveled to 
England with old friends and spent a week at one of the 
Landmark Trust apartments on the grounds of Hampton 
Court Palace. 

Can't beat Helen Cornwell Jones and Homer Daniel 
who are "young and happy and looking forward to our 
annual Spring hug in the dell." Nickle Gockley 
McClellan and husband Bob spent holidays with fam- 
ily at Mohonk Mountain House in New York and Napa 
Valley in CA where they had fun sitting next to Arnie 
Palmer! Cannie Lancaster Pasco and Merrill are con- 
stantly on the go-to their "Bath County retreat" or 
Bermuda, Hilton Head or South Carolina where they 
spent a night with Georgia Herbert Hart. 

Example of this Brave New World of ours: Virginia 
Leggett Cameron first saw her new grandon, Ian Taylor 
Cameron, on the Internet! Ruth Mealand Schwartz 
manages to keep up with a number of the Class of '40- 
Marjorie Lee Stock Clemens in St. Joe, Ml and Hortense 
Powell Cooper who traveled to Italy, Scandinavia, Rus- 
sia, the Danube and Holland. Hortense's youngest son 
was married in '97, the ceremony being performed by 
the Sweet Briar chaplain. Dr. Susan Lehman, although 
the bride is a Hollins and Yale Law School graduate. 

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond had 
a splendid exhibition of American Art, "An American's 
Dream" from the Warner Collection of the Gulf States 
Paper Corporation. Jack Warner is the husband of Eliza- 



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beth Butler, who unfortunately was unable to come, 
but lack was here for the opening and I had the plea- 
sure of chatting with him. 

"Mrs. Chattanooga" aka Mildred Moon Montague 

has moved to a smaller house, but still on Lookout 
Mountain and next door to son Carrington and Shelby. 
She was recently installed as the Honorary Lifetime 
Board Chairman of the Chattanooga Big Brothers Big 
Sisters Association, and is back at fund raising for the 
T. S. Thompson Children's Hospital. 

Lisa Pugh Worthing also enjoys traveling with 
Clifford-through the Panama Canal from Acapuico to 
Costa Rico, Salisbury Choir Festival, Isle of Wight, Can- 
terbury, London, Paris, Quebec, Montreal. Jackie Sexton 
Daly indulges in travel also, but with great care having 
undergone hip replacement. But off she has gone to 
Germany to find her "roots." Tell Sinclaire sent a 
publisher's announcement of her book, "The Complete 
Cut and Engraved Class of Corning," now back in print 
and recommended by the Metropolitan Museum of Art 
as a "classic consulted by curators everywhere." 

Ellie Snow Lea shared her Christmas letter with me 
giving good newsoffamily visits, lean TyreeOseth wrote 
that Ruth Collins Henry spent a few days with her in 
Alexandria where lean sees Mary Sue Kilham Davis. 
Jean is a widow again, but keeps busy working at the 
Smithsonian and several historic properties. Martha 
Smith McGowan boasts that she can still place her palms 
on the floor from a standing position, has no aches or 
pains and walks 2 to 5 miles a week! The biggest event 
in her family's life was the graduation from UCLA Medi- 
cal School of her granddaughter and the arrival of her 
first great grandchild, the son of her oldest grandson. 

A picture of Barbara Smith Carter younger than 
Springtime! At lunch with Bunny Brown '49. A card 
from Helen Taylor mourning the death of Irene Vongehr 
Vincent, but quoted Irene's last phone call to Helen 
when Irene said, "I'll see St. Peter before you will." A 
very interesting card from Kathleen Ward Allen describ- 
ing a 3 week tour of Europe with her daughter and 
granddaughter. They had such a grand time they are 
planning another trip to the British Isles to visit their 
Walker (St, Angelo) cousins and the Eyre ancestral 
homes. 

Eve Williams Turnbull is still "meeting and greet- 
ing" at the Miler Center for Public Affairs founded by 
Wilson Newman in Charlottesville. Cynthia Noland 
Young and Karl love their frontage on Cape Eear River 
near Wilmington, NC. Only sweet Briar contact this year 
was a brief visit by Cinny Allison Haywood. 

|im and I have been traveling-3 weeks in Sicily in 
the Fall and a wonderful trip to Buenos Aires and Ant- 
arctica in January. Hasta la vista!! 



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President: Helen Littleton 
White, Secretary: Cynthia 
Harrison Drinkwater, Fund 
Agents: Barbara Nevens Young, 
Jane Loveland Byerts 
Have you noticed how our class is so near the front of 
the alumnae magazine. Some of us are still traveling. 
Barbara Nevens Young had a great trip to New Zealand 
and Australia with Anna Whitaker Bartel. Also, Wilma 
Cavett Records and new husband visited her and she 
will see 'Dance' this summer in Canada. Wilma and 



husband celebrated their first anniversary in Hawaii. In 
San Antonio they visited Barbara Young. Travellers en- 
core, Patt Potter Duncan met 'Dedore' last summer in 
Ml and lunched with Edith Bridges Vongehr in Palo Alto 
and this summer plans a family barge trip in France. Six 
of Edith's 7 grandchildren live in CA, so she sees them 
often. Charlie Davenport Tuttle is still making Summer 
trips to Chatham. Gertrude Stanchfield retired in 1 994. 
She volunteers at her former clinic during group therapy 
with alcohol and drug users. Bette Fawcett Collier's 
husband is in a nursing home. Lawyers run in the fam- 
ily. He is semi-retired, their son is a prosecutor and their 
daughter's oldest will graduate from law school in April. 
Eizabeth Colley Shelton is recovering from surgery and 
moved into a retirement home. Margaret Craighill Price 
lives in DC but moved into a military retirement home. 
I'm not sure when she's there because she has been to 
the Antarctic, CO, CA and will spend the summer on 
her farm in Sperryville, VA. Jean Ruggles Hall's hus- 
band had a stroke while they were passing through the 
Panama Canal. H.A. Littleton is joining the retirement 
group in W. Brandywine. She enjoys her family and 
sounds like a formidable bridge player. Pat S. Ackard is 
so grateful for miracle surgery. A surgically implanted 
spinal cord stimulator has made life pleasant again. 
LJnfortunately her husband of 54 years died in Oct. Judy 
Davison Walker is cross with me for not mentioning 
her fascinating grandchildren. It is not lack of interest, 
but rather lack of space. She keeps busy with Colonial 
Dames, Garden Club, Altar Guild and Book Club, It 
would be better if you send changes of address directly 
to the Alumnae Office. I am forwarding the changes of 
Helen Carmine Barber and Margaret Gilchrist 
Livingston. Ruth Hemphill DeBuys is looking forward 
to a visit from Tish Siebel Frothingham and husband, 
Martha Jean Miller, and Lillian Taylor And Angela 'Edge' 
O'Donnell is recouping from the sudden death of her 
youngest son. She reports that Ellie Damgard Firth looks 
terrific. Anita Loving Lewis is living in a comfortable 
ranch because Bill has Parkinsons Disease. Lillian 
Fowlkes Taylor and husband were golfing in NC. Tish 
Frothingham and husband John, Martha Jean Miller and 
22 Sweet Briarites attended Emory Hill Rex's grandson's 
wedding in Atlanta. Shirley Shaw Daniel is busier than 
she wants to be with Colonial Dames, Garden Club, 
Scott Arboretum, plus a computer. The way to go! Doris 
Huner Swiech's husband has recovered well from a 
stroke and their daughter and husband are being trans- 
ferred to the Indianapolis area and they are so pleased 
to have the family nearby. Betsy Tower Bennett is for- 
tunate to have son Benjamin at home with her. She is 
busy with Garden Club, Music Club, DAR, Church. Ellie 
Damgard Firth visited with Edge Cardamone O'Donnell 
She will spend July and August in Hot Springs, VA. And 
she says 'we are trying to grow old gracefully'. Aren't 
we all! Last to write was Elizabeth Hudson Boba who is 
very involved in her late husband Imre's affairs. He was 
a history professor of Polish-Hungarian descent and 
Elizabeth hopes to write a summary of his life. I'm glad 
that many of you wrote, but let's try for news from shy 
violets as well. Here's hoping! 

(Ed's note: The Alumnae Office received the sad 
news thai Class Secretary Cynthia Harrison Drinkwater 
died on May 12, 1998.) 



1Q\/1 Q President: Barbara Prentiss Jones 
IJtO Hale, Secretary: Tish Hall 

Schwartz, Fund Agent: Mary 
Love Ferguson Sanders, 
Margaret Swindell Dickerman 
Our deepest sympathy goes to the families of Annabelle 
Forsch Prager, whose husband David died August 2, a 
real mover and shaker in New York City. Mary Love 
Ferguson Sanders' husband Lynn died suddenly Sep- 
tember 23"", and Sandy Packard Sargent died July 22. 

Anne Junk Mcjunkin Briber and Frank are moving 
to Cypress Village, Jacksonville, FL a retirement facility. 
Betty Schmeisser Nelson and Karl's children gave a 50* 
wedding anniversary dinner for them. They visited her 
brother in the Bahamas in March and went to Ogunquit, 
ME in Oct. Kitty Doar Jones is having all for Thanksgiv- 
ing and m lanuary flying to Buenos Aires to board Royal 
Princess for cruise to Santiago, Chile. Dodi Cheatham 
James is just back from Amsterdam, to see the Van 
Gogh's Paris and London. A wonderful honor was be- 
stowed on Tookie Kniskern While, husband, and three 
sonsasOahu family of the year. A dinner in their honor 
will be in Nov. Charlotte Garber Rudulph and John 
swapped their house on the gulf for a month in South- 
ern Italy followed by 2 weeks in Athens and a cruise. 
Both back in school at Univ. of Alabama. A believe it or 
not story from Polly Boswell Fosdick. Husband, James 
weighed 9 pounds at birth as did son, all named James. 
Clare Eager Matthai still doing the same things and going 
to London in January. Nancy Bean Hector is just home 
from a spa in France. Have moved into an apartment 
from big house. A disaster! Mary Carter Richardson and 
daughter enjoyed SBC trip to Ireland. She retired after 
26 years. An uneventful year for Bonnie Key Garrett 
except for the trip to Costa Rica and Panama Canal. 
Skip Bracher Leggett going through Panama Canal and 
seeing a bit of Mexico in November. A wonderful good 
news letter from Ron Adams of Debbie Douglas's im- 
proved health after surgery to replace a mitral valve. 
Beth Dickman Smith is going to London for two weeks 
with daughter and young ones, 2 and 4. She saw Peggy 
Roudin Weinberger who she says is still beautiful and 
trim. Janice Fitzgerald Wellons has retired from teach- 
ing piano, 50* anniversary celebrated in March with 
dinner given by daughters and a 2-week Mediterranean 
cruise for all. Her husband had triple bypass surgery 
but in good health now. Betty Porter Kinne Hillyer is 
doing aqua jogging for exercise and hoping to take 
daughter and grandson to Europe for Xmas. Another 50*, 
spent in Istanbul by Mary Hilliard. Marguerite Hume 
volunteers at newly enlarged Speed museum, historic 
house visited by Lincoln, recording for blind and dys- 
lexic and teaches English as a second language. Jinny 
Dewing Dorsey recovered from the second wrist re- 
placement and remembering our visit last summer with 
her and lack in Chatham, MA. Valerie Jones Materne 
travels with friends and daughters. Did an Elderhostel 
British theater in London with eldest daughter. One girl 
lives in Israel and her daughter is in Israeli army. Betty 
Laurie Kimbrough has been recuperating from cancer 
surgery and taking chemo. Best of luck to you, Betty. 
Roselle Faulconer Scales living on farm between Rich- 
mond and Charlottesville, and enjoyed an SBC trip to 
Rome. Spent a week with family at Pawley's Island, 
granddaughter Margaret spent six weeks with them while 
an intern at the VA Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. 
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Brown, SBC trip to Waterways of Russia. SBC grand- 
daughter at Emory school of nursing; 9 grands total. 
Nancy Pingree Drake tries to keep in touch with 1 3 
grandchildren scattered all over. She is on a committee 
to try to establish the perfect retirement complex on 
1 30 acres on the ocean front. Brooks Barnes took sev- 
eral driving trips-one to visit friends in West Chester, PA 
then to NC outerbanks and home by NJ. Roscoe Willett, 
Fayette McDowell's husband is still in Episcopal home 
so she stays close, going to see daughter in Orlando. 
Keeps busy with grandsons and sees other local '43 SBC 
girls. Posy Hazard Potter enjoyed a family reunion in 
Rl and went to the tennis open at Arthur Ashe Stadium, 
Shug Shugarf Short visited her last Feb. Esther )ett Hol- 
land enjoyed annual family reunion. Went to Charleston, 
SC for nephew's wedding and flew to San Francisco for 
wedding and Carmel to see friends. Sorry to hear of 
death of Piney Martin, Fay Martin Chandler's sister. 
Caroline Miller McClintock and Gale are in good health 
and avid golfers. Spent her birthday at Blowing Rock 
playing golf and having a family gold tournament to 
celebrate their 55'^ anniversary. Byrd Smith Hunter had 
a knee replacement and is doing well. Her daughter 
received her Ph.D. degree in May. Lillian Roberts 
Deakins Wyant remarried Oct. 4 and had honeymoon 
in Italy. She is a great grandmother and bride. Her new 
address is; Mrs. John R. Wyant, 217 The Prado NE, At- 
lanta, CA 30309. 

This has been a sad year for me beginning with the 
death of my sister's last son in lanuary. I had a hematoma 
on my head from a fall which required surgery, my 
daughter's husband dropped dead of a heart attack in 
July, age 49 and I had bypass surgery on my leg after 
trip to Istanbul. One blessing, my son Norman and wife 
returned from Honduras and are living here. We visited 
Sally Bryan Allen at Litchfield Beach after Sy's meeting 
in Charleston, SC where I visited Ashley Hall, my alma 
mater. I am fine now and love hearing from all of you. 

IQi/i/l President: Anita Lippitt Clay, 
iK^'lT Vice President: Phyllis Tenney 

Dowd, Fund Agent: Betty 

Farinholt Cockrill 
Our sincere sympathy to the families of classmates who 
died this year: Dorothy Slagle Fullerton, Evelyn Pretlow 
Ormiston, and Susan Somervell Criswold. Carlisle 
Morrissette Branch has our sympathy in the loss of her 
husband, Patteson, who died in late Nov., as does 
Frances Longino Schroder, whose husband, Hughes, 
died Oct. 23rd. 

Murrell Rickards Chadsey, who sent a fine obituary 
of Evie, enjoyed meeting Helen Cravatt Watt, Alice 
Johnson Fessenden, Marjorie Willetts Maiden, Virginia 
Watts Fournier, as well as Dr. and Mrs. Harold 
Whiteman, at the SBC weekend in Philadelphia. In Au- 
gust she had visited the Canadian Rockies. In Vt. she 
dined with Janet Staples Munt. Murrell finished remod- 
eling and is now redecorating her house in Norfolk's 
historic district. Jean Blanton Murphy enjoyed an 
evening with Betty Farinholt Cockrill and Jim. Jean 
continues to thrive in her retirement community near 
all her children and is very active as a Stephens minis- 
ter in her church. She also enjoys her place on Hatteras 
Island. NC. Alice Hepburn Puleston's big news is her 
granddaughter's wedding this May. Her 1 5 yr. old grand- 
son is into soccer and snow boarding. Otherwise, her 



life is "status quo" the way she likes it, Margaret (Marge) 
Perry and I met for a fine alfresco lunch in Seattle in 
Sept. Herb and I were visiting our daughter's family 
there, later spending several days on the magnificent 
OR coast. In spring,'97 we spent 10 days in New Or- 
leans and the western Caribbean. I took several "learning 
in retirement" courses at Duke-this spring I'm just try- 
ing to catch up. Marian Shanley Jacobs moved to a 
townhouse on one floor with views of woods from ev- 
ery room, yet no outside maintenance, and finds living 
has taken a whole new dimension. Sally Anderson 
Bowley continues to do well following heart surgery 
last year, keeping busy at her retirement community, 
"Armsmear" in Hartford, CT and loves being near her 
family Elizabeth (Betsy) Bryant Robb took 2 daughters 
on an Alaskan cruise and plans a Panama Canal cruise 
1/98. She expected her first great-grandchild 12/97. One 
grandson achieves a Ph.D. in nuclear physics 1/98, 
while her other 3 grandsons are in various degree pro- 
grams. Betsy, who is still doing cardiac rehab and feeling 
fine, moves to a retirement community in Asheville, NC 
next to Biltmore Estates in early '99. Louise Smith Barry 
took a Smithsonian tour by boat from Moscow ("amaz- 
ingly spruced up for its 950th anniversary") to St. 
Petersburg. Her interest in Russia started with Prof. 
Raymond's course in modern European history. Louise 
also visited friends in southern France in Oct. Katherine 
(Kay) Mensing Teitgen and Ralph continue to enjoy re- 
tirement. They visited their children in Rochester and 
Indianapolis and looked forward to everyone returning 
home for Christmas. They have a new grand-daughter, 
Emma Katherine, who joins sister, Abby. In |an. Kay and 
Ralph begin 3 months in Fl. Persis Ladd Herold retired 
in Dec, moving to Amherst, MA. She enjoys her retire- 
ment home amidst "a lot of retired professors". Three 
sons are relatively close by and seeing more of her. 
Patricia "Pat" Whitaker Waters wrote that all is well 
with her and John, although he had a heart attack 2/97. 
He is doing fine now as are children and grandchil- 
dren. She sees June Eager Finney ('49) who is a neighbor. 
Our class president, Anita Lippitt Clay had a good year 
in spite of a hip replacement in June. She went to the 
dedication in Oct. of the Women's Military Memorial 
in Arlington National Cemetery but regretted seeing 
none of the others who had enlisted with her at SBC. 
She had seen Margaret (Peggy) Cordon Seller when 
she visited her sister in Savannah. Herb and I lunched 
with Peggy and Bob in Richmond. In spring,'97 they 
enjoyed a beautiful time-share in Puerto Vallarta, 
Mexico. Last summer they visited on Long Island, stay- 
ing with Sydney Holmes Bales and seeing Helen Cantey 
Woodbridge and West and Louise Smith Barry. They 
had a week in the Catskills with daughter Margaret, and 
granddaughter, Livia. The Sellers are celebrating their 
first grandson, Robert Charles Seller, "Robbie", adopted 
by Robin and Noreen to join sister, Diana. They looked 
forward to sharing "Boxing Day" with Ellen Boyd Miller 
and Bill, their daughter, Dabney, and grandchildren from 
both families. Peggy and Bob are busy as ever with work 
involving mental health legislation and advocacy, as well 
as church. Sydney Holmes Bales is head of her church's 
Altar Guild and enjoys playing with all 5 grandchildren. 
She went to Sarasota, FL in winter, '97 for a visit with 
Mimi Etheridge Wood. Although Helen Cantey 
Woodbridge and West love Charleston where they 
moved last yr, they had a travelling summer with trips 
to CA, MA, NYC, L.I., as well as a 3 wk. trip to Ger- 
many where they visited West's cousin's beautiful 



35,000-acre farm north of Lubec. They used an apt. in 
Munich to make many side trips. They have a grandson 
at Duke. Catherine "Tee" Porter and Jim moved after 
40 yrs. in one house and many happy memories but 
appreciated the need to downsize. They joined the SBC 
trip to Ireland 6/97, finding it delightful, especially the 
company of President Muhlenfeld and her husband. 
Tee's youngest son graduates from Johns Hopkins School 
for Advanced International Studies in May. Florence 
(Babe) Loveland Swanbeck and Ray "are still going 
strong" on their farm and enjoy riding. Their big news 
is the birth of a great granddaughter in April. Alice 
Johnson Fessenden also enjoyed the Fall SBC weekend 
in Philadelphia. She is in the middle of a 4 yr. term on 
the city council of Mesquite, NV, which has quadrupled 
in size to 10,000 pop. in 5 yrs. Serving on Gov. Miller's 
Commission on transportation of nuclear waste, she was 
taken after clearance into the Yucca Mt. secure zone, 
wearing hard hat and 25 lb. belt containing oxygen, 
mask and emergency light. "Quite an experience!" Eliza- 
beth (Betty) Williams Gookin and Richard spent a great 
tennis playing weekend with Alice Lancaster Buck and 
Pete at their place near Warm Springs, VA and last spring 
got together with the Sellers, Taggarts and Branches in 
Richmond for a mini-reunion. All said they were so glad 
to have shared this time with Carlisle and Pat before his 
death. The Cookins traveled to Bermuda 2/97 and to 
CA for Emily's daughter's wedding. The year's highlight 
was the wedding of Liza Gookin to Steve Hodskins at 
St. Johns, Georgetown and reception at Anderson House. 
Richard and Betty remain very busy with committee 
work, church and various organizations. Their grand- 
daughter, Caroline Elizabeth Anderson, was honored 
by her graduating class at Episcopal H.S. in Alexandria, 
VA by the naming of a new pond in her memory. Alice 
Buck and Pete have been busy with many church re- 
lated conferences and Pete's being Sr. Warden of their 
church, but found time for a summer cruise to Alaska. 
They attended a lovely party given by the Gookins on 
their grandson's 21 st birthday and planned to join them 
again to celebrate their own 23rd. The Bucks are happy 
with their enlarged greenhouse and Jacuzzi, welcome 
after tennis and golf. Paulett Long Taggart and Ganson's 
card showed wonderful pictures of their family taken 
this year in MA, ME, CA and OR. She continues leading 
her yoga and creativity group at the Winchester, MA 
senior center, as well as performing with the liturgical 
dance group at the Unitarian church. She and Canson 
enjoyed the annual SBC picnic in Hamilton, MA, given 
by Joanne Holbrook Patton '52 and George, as well as 
the International Boat Races with Fay Martin Chandler 
'43 and Alfred. She also attended the funeral ceremony 
for Patteson Branch, conducted by Rev. Bob Seller, fea- 
turing readings by the Branch grandchildren. Paulett and 
Carlisle have been friends all through school and col- 
lege. Martha (Marty) Falk Vallery whose son, Michael, 
died last yr., as was noted here, wrote about Hughes 
Schroder's death and was hoping Longe would visit her 
in FL. Marty and Harry planned another Christmas 
cruise. Plans to take their daughter and 2 granddaugh- 
ters to Greece, Egypt and Italy 7/97 were canceled when 
Marty broke her knee. Big news in the household of 
Helen("Cravy") Watt and Bill is the arrival of their 3rd 
grandchild, Miranda, to Phyllis Watt Wilson '80 and 
her husband, Helen sent a wonderful photo of the three 
grandchildren, Chris and Sarah Watt and Miranda Wil- 
son taken when she and Bill were in CA "doing 
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Intercoastal Waterway. They had a good time at the SBC 
weekend in Philadelphia, seeing Marge Maiden, Alice 
Fessenden, Murrell Chadsey and Betty Doucett Neill 
'41 and Jack. Betty Haverty Smith also wrote about 
Hughes Schroder's death and how he'll be missed. She 
and Alex had a busy year; a granddaughter married last 
spring, 2 new grandchildren arrived this summer and a 
great granddaughter in the tall. Another grandson plans 
marriage in Finland this spring. In fall, '97 Betty and Alex 
visited Istanbul and the Creek Isles. Muriel Abrash 
Shapiro still volunteers to help immigrant children learn 
English, using a computer game. Her book clubs are 
going strong and she finds bridge still a challenge. She 
is learning Gateway 2000 computer skills and finds the 
internet fascinating. Virginia Noyes Pillsbury in 1/97 
made her annual trip to Nicaragua, this time with the 
rector of her church. In Feb. and Mar. she Elderhosteled 
to Ecuador and in Nov. to India where she found the Taj 
Mahal at sunrise truly magnificent. In 12/97 Elizabeth 
Vaughan Bishop broke a hip in a fall while decorating 
for the holidays but quickly recovered and is happily 
teaching flower arranging where board member expe- 
rience with the Botanical Garden comes in handy. Janet 
Staples Munt visited Norma Bradley Arnold in KY in 
Oct. "almost long enough to get caught up", lanet's life 
remains full with family, friends, working 3 days a week 
and debating whether to run again for the VT state sen- 
ate, a big and expensive commitment - tempting since 
she came so close to winning last time and she is pas- 
sionate about better support for children and families. 
Meantime she planned 3 weeks in England this May. 
Classmates, thanks for your news! Keep well and have 
a good year. My e-mail address is 
phylherb@mindspring.com 

1 A/1 C President: Mary Haskins King, 
I IZ'TsJ Secretary: Jodie Morgan 

Hartman, Fund Agent: Anna 
Mary Chidester Heywood 
I am so happy that Julia Mills Jacobsen received the 
Outstanding Alumna Award given on Founders' Day, 
1 997. Congratulations for a job well done - we are proud 
of you. (See article in Winter-Spring 1998 Alumnae 
Magazine.) Leila Barnes Cheatham and John had a trip 
on the Song o/'F/ower putting into ports Lisbon, Bor- 
deaux and St. Malo enOding with 3 days in Paris. I read 
an article about a rock in the mountains of NC near 
Highlands which is named after Leila. Ann Dickson 
Jordan and Chuck celebrated their SO"" anniversary with 
all their children and 'grands.' They will go again this 
summer to Lake Champlain staying in their family cot- 
tage which dates back to 1917 when her grandfather 
bought it. Jean Ridler Fahrenbach moved to South 
Burlington, VT last summer where she watches the sun 
set over Lake Champlain. I wonder if they run into each 
other at the Country Store? Jean spent the winter in Punta 
Corda, FL and took a 3 week trip to China. Betty Avery 
Duff and Frank travel a lot to Rye, NY to see their daugh- 
ter and grandchildren, and to see a son in Marina del 
Ray. Their other son lives in Chattanooga. Helen Davis 
Wohlers still lives in Brevard, NC and hikes 3 times a 
week. She plans an Elderhostel trip to Northern Italy 
and Austria. Last Fall she was in Switzerland. I was glad 
I to hear from Elene Essary Gill after such a long time. 
; She lives in Washington DC with children and grand- 
children nearby. She and John had a wonderful trip to 
South Africa. Recently they took a cruise up the Danube 



'until we ran out of water - well, you can't have every- 
thing.' A clipping from the Chattanooga, TN newspaper 
showed Hedy Edwards Davenport and several of her 
many children at the Hunter Museum of American Art. 
The Trustees held a memorial dedication honoring 
Hedy's late husband, Joe Davenport. Hedy took a trip 
to the Far East with her brother. She was in the Florida 
Keys in Feb. but hastened back home to get a rose gar- 
den going. Incidentally, she has 1 8 grandchildren. Does 
that get the prize? 

Mary Kathryn Frye Hemphill and Sam were in 
Hickory, NC for the winter; they're off to Linville, NC 
for the Summer. She is still singing and her Choral Soci- 
ety gave a concert at the end of March. Diddy Gaylord 
Thompson had a reunion with her brother's family in 
Houston, TX last Spring. She still lives in Southold, NY 
and has lots of company in the Summer. Edie Page Gill 
Breakell has taken on a big job with the Garden Club 
and travels a lot. She stopped for lunch with us last Fall 
on her way to KY to do Garden Club research. Betty 
Healy Downing and Tom are now living in his house 
and Betty's son lives in her former house nearby. She 
hopes to visit with Gappy Price Bass and Bruce when 
they take a trip on the Chesapeake Bay in May. Gappy 
took her daughters to the French Open last Summer. 
She and Bruce had a cruise to the Canary Islands. Martha 
Helton Glesser winters in FL and summers in Indian 
River, Ml where kayaking has been a lot of fun. She 
only 'dunked' twice last Fall, but her wet suit kept her 
warm - a real sport! One of her sons works for Fed Ex 
and takes flights to Tel Aviv and a few quieter places. 
Joyce Livermore Foust lives one month on a lake in 
northern Ml, 3 months in Plymouth, Ml where her grand- 
children are, and 2 months in AL on the coast during 
the coldest months. They still do antique car tours and 
recently toured Seattle and environs. Ann McLean 
Loomis and Gil are off to AK again in June. They will 
visit Denali and Yukon Parks, several wild life preserves 
and cruise through Glacier Bay ('the best part of Alaska'). 
She says, "we really should stay home occasionally to 
become acquainted with our dog." Steve Nicolson 
McElwaine, her sisters and all daughters had a reunion 
at Rancho la Puerto with Steve's daughter coming from 
the middle of darkest Africa. Steve is going to an 
Elderhostel in NYC focusing on early history. She plans 
to spend the Summer sailboat cruising off Nova Scotia. 
Sarah Temple Moore had a good visit with Mary Haskins 
King when Mary visited Chattanooga and entertained 
all her good old friends at a luncheon. Sarah and Tom 
still enjoy their art gallery at home. Mary also had a 
good overnight visit with Joan Stover Kemper who lives 
in Ojai, CA. Harriet Willcox Cearhart and David and 
Jim and I had a delightful cruise together to Bermuda 5/ 
97. Harriet's daughter Mary lives in NYC and has her 
own gallery. She and our daughter Sarah see each other 
often in the big city. David is back at his old parish in 
Centreville, MD filling in for a retired rector. Harriet 
visited her newest granddaughter in CA. She and David 
recently had a trip to Savannah, Beaufort and Hilton 
Head, SC. Zu Zulick Reuter and Don spent the winter 
at their ski chalet in CO. Their daughfei Maggie and 
family moved back after 20 years in CA, so a lot of ac- 
tivity. Zu and her sister Peg and husband had a Rhine 
Danube River tour. I know that you will all be saddened 
to hear of the death of Ann Carter Walker Somerville 
last December. We all enjoyed such a good visit with 
her at our 50* reunion and we have so many good 
memories. Tutti Hall Peckham's card said she and Bob 



had just built and moved into a house where she could 
have her own yard again- 908 Woodvine Road, 
Asheville, NC 28803. They had a trip to Canada in Au- 
gust. 1 days later a note from Hedy Edwards Davenport 
told the sad news that Bob Peckham had died very sud- 
denly. It seems that he had been in ill health for several 
years, but his death was sooner than expected. I am 
sure you join me in sending Tutti our love and deepest 
sympathy. Right now Jim and I are on an airplane flying 
to CA for a family reunion with our daughters Laura 
and Sarah, their husbands and our one and only ador- 
able 2-year-old grandson. Lucky the trip was long 
enough to finish this off. Love to each of you. I'll hope 
to hear from even more of you next year. 

f A/1 '^ President: Barron Summer, 
Ikt't I Secretary: Carol Blanton McCord, 
Fund Agents: Shirley Levis 
Johnson, Meredith Slane Person 
All your letters and cards declare that 50"' Reunion was 
wonderful. Ann Colston Leonard writes, "We get more 
adorable all the time." Ann's entire summer vacation 
on Martha's Vineyard was spent recuperating from a 
ruptured disc in her lower back. However she was given 
lots of time to read, absorb sea-views and sun. En route 
to reunion I was able to visit Ann's pottery workshop 
and see some of the original and lovely things she cre- 
ates. 

Kay Weisiger Osborne enjoyed a mini-reunion af- 
ter the big 50, "engineered by Saravette-Royster Trotter, 
which included Margaret Ellen White Van Buren, Cecil 
Butler Williams, Wizzie Osborne, and spouses." In 
August Wizzie went to Alaska, in the Arctic Circle, to 
see her only grandchild, age 3. Sara Ann McMullen 
Lindsey sounded breathless from her whirlwind odys- 
sey from SBC to Boston for the 50* Anniversary of the 
North American Lily Society, to a family reunion in Iowa, 
back to Martha's Vineyard, (Family), Maine, (ditto), and 
finally in Sept., backhometo Alexandria to the Antique 
Forum and her activities for Conservation and Preser- 
vation and the Garden Club of VA. 

After Reunion, Nancy Gofer Stacy spent 3 great days 
with "Zu," Jane Warner Williams, and Mary Kennedy 

Moore at her house in Nag's Head. All agreed Reunion 
was "Fabulous!" Nancy believes she might be the class's 
first great-grandmother: a baby is due in February to 
her granddaughter, whose brother is being married in 
Jackson, WY next summer, and "Gofer" is going. Jane 
Warner Williams telephoned in Nov. Husband Adrian 
is recovering from a bad injury due to a fall. Jane was 
delighted to find that the sister-in-law of a family mem- 
ber was a Sweet Briar girl Ansley Merritt Conner, SBC'87. 
They met at the wedding. Jane's exuberance over re- 
union matched that of so many of you, and my own. 
She also had a great time at Gofers' Outer Banks mini- 
reunion. 

Meg Dawson Hellyer, "feeling suitably ancient as a 
member of the Daisy Chain," is now hard at work on 
her first novel. I speak now for a copy, (autographed), 
of the first printing. Isobel Zulich Rhoads, just returned 
from Columbus, Ohio, attended her youngest 
grandchild's christening to which all of her children and 
their families came. She also spent 10 days in Maine 
with sister, Betty Zulich Reuter and Don, Alice Cearhart 
Stinson and Bill, both SB '45 — "Lots of lobster and 
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is Cod's country. Recently they spent 2 weeks in Costa 
Rica, then a fabulous month starting in Eritrea and end- 
ing in Spain. Her firstborn has just retired! Arriving in 
Colorado soon. She still volunteers in church, school 
and crisis center. Aimee DesPland McGirt still teaches 
part time at the local community college, hopes to go 
to China next year She thinks it is a "tribute to the col- 
lege and to each other that roughly half (alumnae) made 
it back to reunion." 

Margaret Munnerlyn Haverty spends much of her 
time keeping up with her active family. One daughter is 
an actress in New York, (married, with a child), a sec- 
ond is practicing law and raising two sons, a third living 
in Ponte Vedra, FLwith her family, and her two sons are 
there in Atlanta in business with their father, who is sup- 
posed to be "retired." "Munn" and Rawson spend some 
lime in Ponte Vedra each winter They are planning a 
trip down the Hudson River in October, then down the 
IWW and through the Chesapeake. Mary Kennedy 
Moore says she waited 70 years for her first grandson 
and awaits the arrival of the second any day. Em Schuber 
Carr and Bob had a wonderful trip to Georgian Bay, 
Canada and to Chatham, MA to visit their children ; went 
whale watching in Provincetown and saw 16 whales! 
Em has organized a stroke-support group, now under- 
way. She and Bob plan to cruise the Mississippi in Spring 
with Sue Van Cleve, Rehl, and Bud. Besides running a 
travel business, Shirley Lewis Johnson often heads for 
either Texas or New York to check on her children and 
grandchildren. In Oct. she and Jean Old are off again, 
this time on a three week tour of eastern Turkey and the 
Black Sea. lean writes, "Hope we don't end up in an 
Iraqi or Iranian Harem!" 

More travelers: Agnes Jefferds Sonntag and Bob 

followed the trail of Lewis and Clark in Aug., including 
National Parks in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. Last 
summer Meredith Slane Person took her 10 grandchil- 
dren and their parents on a 1 0-day tour of Utah's natural 
wonders. She recently had two shows of her miniatures, 
expects the Furniture Market in High Point to be a big 
event. Editor's Note: the Alumme Office just received 
the sad news of the death of Meredith 's husband Curtis. 

Although M.S. keeps Barbara Golden Pound from 
traveling and painting, her talented family carries on in 
her stead: husband. Murphy went on a painting trip to 
France, her daughter-in-law just had a well-received 
one-woman show in Atlanta, and son had just finished 
illustrating his second book, besides running a B&B in 
Columbia's historic District. At 42, he and his young 
wife are looking forward to a baby in August. 

lulia Holt Coyle, busy with estate matters since the 
death of her mother, Isabel Wood Holt, SB'l 9, last year, 
had a wonderful long summer visit from her Aberdeen, 
Scotland daughter and family, as well as her other two, 
Lucy and Isabel. The latter lives nearby in Charleston. 
Liz Ripley Davey and two of her daughters, Ellen and 
Annie and their families, spent a week in luly at Higgens 
Lake, Ml. Liz's other daughter, Betsy, is moving to NJ 
over Christmas. Ginna Walker Christian's son, Scott, 
who is head of the Potomac School's Middle School in 
McLean, VA, married Helen deButts on 7/28/97. 

Ghost stories from Sweet Briar's past are in great 
demand from Ann Marshall Whitley at student parties. 
Beside her constant activities on campus, Ann is also 
involved with the Amherst County Historical Society. 
"Sweet Briar was one of my best years," writes Nancy 



Scurry Minter. A psychotherapist, she recently gradu- 
ated from Barbara Brennan's School of Healing, which 
she pursues along with her usual work. Her two daugh- 
ters. Laurel and Darcy, live 100 miles south in Seattle. 
"Washington State is beautiful," she says; she hikes in 
summer, skis in winter 

Sad news of her husband, Edgar's death Aug. 24, 
from Eleanor Bosworth Shannon. Thankfully, "He was 
able to walk down the aisle with (daughter) Virginia June 
21" when she married |. K. Nicholas." Bozzie's five 
daughters and her many friends surround her with love 
and care. Justine Arnold Linforth also wrote of the death 
of her husband, Dec. 26'^ Edward M. Linforth taught 
Italian painting, studio architecture, and aesthetics at 
SBC from 1938 to 1945. There are 4 children and 5 
grandchildren. Now retired, )ustine lives in FL with son 
Jonathan. 

Saravette Royster Trotter's middle child, jim, is 
moving to the Miami area, which means "we'll have 
one almost in Cuba and two (Spokane, WA), almost in 
Siberia. That will take care of our trips for a time." Ann 
Webb Moses enjoys yoga, dance, gardening, and vol- 
unteer teaching from preschool to Medical School. "So 
far, retirement is the best time of my life." A letter from 
Mary Frances Wood tells of her spiritual journey which 
began in Europe in 1950 — Oberamagau, Rome — and 
culminated in becoming a member of the Religious Sis- 
ters of Mercy more than 1 5 years ago. Now in Alma, 
Michigan, she hopes we "all find joy and fulfillment." 
To celebrate their 50"" wedding anniversary. Nan Hart 
Stone and Billy spent three weeks in October seeing 
Montreal and Quebec, saw "magnificent Fall foliage, 
and 75,000 snow geese flying south!" 

I am currently taking courses in poetry writing, a 
second creative writing seminar, and two in Art History 
at a local college seniors program. I love your notes. 
Remember, we're in the phone book when you come 
to Baltimore or Towson. 

lQ/1 President: Eleanor Potts 
/ v' lU Snodgrass, Secretary: Maddin 
Lupton McCallie, Fund Agents: 
Meon Bower Harrison, Martha 

Davis Barnes, Anne Ryland Griffin 
Here I sit at my husband's word processor starting the 
summer newsletter for Class of 1948. Many of us will 
gather at The Patch to celebrate our 50+ years of friend- 
ship before this is published. As I read your cards I 
discover some gals writing from an Irish Pub in Falls 
Church celebrating birthdays. They have decided to 
have "in vitro fertilization" to brighten up their lives! 
After a tour of McCall Henderson Revercomb's beauti- 
ful old home and yard, Audrey Lahman Rosselot, Nancy 
Vaughn Kelly, Martha Mansfield Clement, Liz Barbour 
McCrea each wrote a postcard — sounded like such fun. 
Nancy's card of 1000 words tells of having an "empty 
nest" after 1 5 years raising a second family of Cambo- 
dian emigrants. The Dan Kelleys still work with young 
Native Americans and refugees who come through DC. 
Audrey has loved her SBC trips and worked on a spring 
tea for the college. Liz reports on good food and wine 
in Italy and France last fall. She's active with the Alex- 
andria Symphony Orchestra support and treasurer of 
the home owners association for their Outer Banks sec- 
ond home. 



A poignant Feb. note from Kax Berthier McKelway 
tells of her husband John's illness and her own prob- 
lems and her sorrow over not being able to be at 
Reunion. The first week of May we received news of 
our beloved classmate's death. I know all join me in 
sending our sympathy and memories of her warm smile 
and enthusiasm for life. There are 4 McKelway chil- 
dren- John-a lawyer in Boston, Hank- a PhD. in 
archeology in Lexington, KY, daughter Kathy (SBC '86) 
in Bethesda. Their older daughter Mary has been under 
treatment for breast cancer at the Dana Farber Institute. 
A note from Ginny Wurzbach Vardy tells of a spring 
confinement with a broken foot which hopefully will 
not prevent her water aerobics and volunteer job as a 
resource reading teacher Patty Traugott Rouse is very 
involved in the work of her late husband )im. The Enter- 
prise Foundation, but had some downtime with hip 
replacement last fall. She and her Nortolk childhood 
friend Indie Lindsay Bilisoly compared notes of her hip 
and Indie's knee replacement. Patty welcomed Presi- 
dent Betsy Muhlenfeld for a visit in Columbia, MD. The 
traveling Twohys, )ohn and wife Peggy Addington had 
a Feb. 12-day trip to Rome and S.Italy and plan a July 
50th wedding anniversary celebration, all this with a 
successful fund-raising and Reunion visit too! (Editor's 
note: The Alumnae Office reports the sad news that]ohn 
Twohy died suddenly on May 30, 1998.] At the Oct. 
Fund Agents gathering all 48s thrilled to hear Eleanor 
Potts Snodgrass' daughter '72 honor her mom, our class 
president with a $5000 gift to our Reunion Campaign. 
How special it was to honor Pottsie for her unceasing 
devotion to our college and our class of '48! Pottsie 
and Strib did a wonderful fall tour of Germany and Po- 
land. Jane Luke, our esteemed MD was also at the Oct. 
meeting. She enjoys winters in the Caribbean, her spring 
daffodils in VA and her sea breezes in Cotuit. jane re- 
ports of a frightening sudden illness that struck Betty 
Kernan Quigley last fall from which she has recovered. 
Vi Whitehead Morse described the 33 head of cattle 
she and Walter and a helper care for Added excite- 
ment: the birth of twins-male and female calves who 
needed much TLC because the mom rejected the male 
with turned-in hooves. Now he has braces; all is well! 
The Morse's daughters and husbands were all home for 
Christmas. 

Marguerite Rucker Ellett, a faithful correspondent 
(even when I misspell her last name), loves having a 
granddaughter Sallie who lives close by in Richmond, 
providing many babysitting opportunities. The shared 
grands of the Elletts and Helen Pender Withers and Burks 
provide many holiday get-togethers. The Withers spent 
2 weeks in London visiting daughter Frances, husband 
and 2 sons. They also hit Indianapolis and Alexandria 
to check on the remainder of their 7 grands. Sally Davis 
Spencer and Kyle joined the Withers at dinner in an 
historic old home in Essex County with Sara Ann 
McMullan Lindsey '47 and husband Doug. Kitty Doolin 
Dickey from Huntley, VA was slowed down by a freak 
accident last Oct.; has had surgery on her left leg with 
amputation below the knee. We know that she is han- 
dling that with her good spirit and energy. Judy Perkins 
Llewellyn, Avon, CT describes a gorgeous new condo 
just 6 miles from their family home which frees them to 
travel to their Kiawah Island place. Last Sept. they toured 
the Scottish Highlands, the Yorkshire Dales and places 
in between and will go to Greece this fall. |udy sees 
Westray Boyce Nicholas who lives not far away in |ohns 
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her at her Commonwealth Ave home in Newburg, NY 
where she looks out over the majestic Hudson River. 
Martha Davis Barnes took her up on the invite last 
spring. Ann Paxson Gail has exciting news about 2 of 
her children-daughter Ann laschke had twin boy and 
girl babies in Feb. and son Bill on a Caribbean cruise 
with his family and in-laws got to see the Total Eclipse 
of the sun on February 26 — an exciting month for the 
Galls! Classmates, you have not lived until you have 
received a post card from Closey Faulkner Dickey and 
tried to read her tiny script and condense her fascinat- 
ing life into a few sentences! Basically, Whit and Closey 
ski a lot in spite of his replaced hip and her knee prob- 
lems. They cruised the Bahamas in their beloved 
Wendelen with lotsoffamily aboard, then took the ves- 
sel to Ft. Lauderdale to be sold. Trips to Scandinavia 
last summer and fall planting of 964 bulbs at home with 
trips to Anchorage, Seattle etc. to see children. Closey 
spends much time in volunteer work with the medical 
center which she has faithfully served for 1 7 years. The 
next newsiest card came from Judy Blakey Butler, York, 
PA: she's enjoying renovating her family home, shap- 
ing up the long-neglected yard and packing for a 
Galapagos and Machu Pichu trip after Reunion. She still 
feels her greatest trip was the camping safari all over 
Australia and New Zealand a few years ago. Can any- 
body top that from '48? 

We love to hear from Caroline Haskell Simpson, 

Geneva, IL because she writes of her 4 sons who are 
thriving and of her adored granddaughter Louise who's 
known as "The Beautiful Louise" throughout the valley. 
(1 have one of those "Louises" here in the Tennessee 
Valley!) Bruce is retired; she is not. )o Neal Peregrine 
from way up in Frankfort, Michigan hoped to come to 
Reunion but 3 plane changes and long wails plus the 
expected arrival of a 7th grandchild at Reunion time 
make it impossible. A spring "mini reunion" lunch in 
Atlanta as Peggy Sheffield Martin took Felicia Jackson 
Burns, Ann Ricks Griffin, Martha Davis Barnes and your 
scribe to lunch at the Driving Club. The Martins plan a 
June trip to the Royal Ascot Races in England and some 
house and garden tours. "Scoff" has worked so diligently 
for our Reunion Gift Giving that she deserves a trip and 
a quiet summer in Highlands. Rickie has spent some 
time in CA with her stepdaughter Bertie who lost her 
husband. Martha was planning a Windstar cruise to 
Costa Rica, a visit to the Getty Museum in LA, grand- 
mother visits to CO and AL and a pop-in visit on Kathryn 
Fulton Alston in Henderson, NC before Reunion. Felicia 
Jackson Burns and John have triplet grandsons plus 
another boy born to daughter Betsy in the last few years. 
Suzanne Hardy Benson can get just about as much news 
on a card as Closey and Judy She writes of her daughter's 
full-time involvement in the Augusta Ballet with a new 
presentation of The Three Musketeers. The Bensons stay 
busy with their beautiful 1756 St. Paul's Church and with 
an intense recycling program of everything that's por- 
table. Helen Elliott Sockwell and Warren are working 
on a 50th wedding anniversary party in Huntsville. (Gee, 
that was a beautiful Southern wedding Twink had, I re- 
member!) A note from Emily Loffis Peters from Kingsport, 
TN sends best wishes for our 50th, Ann Rowland Tuck 
and Jim will celebrate their 50-year marriage in Sept. 
with a 3-week trip to China including 3 stops at air bases 
lim flew into during WWII. 

Notes from FL are always fun. Martha Sue Skinner 
Logan spends summers in Cashiers, NC, winters in 



Tampa and will have seen Copper Canyon, Mexico 
before Reunion. Nancy Vaughn Kelly and Dan stopped 
for a visit with the Logans. Sally Smith Williams and 
Tom saw Martha Rowan Hyder's fabulous Mexican 
house and gardens on a spring trip to San Miguel, 
Mexico. The Williams return to Richmond in April. Ann 
Orr Savage and Bob spend 1/2 year in Vermont, the 
rest in Shell Point Village near Sanibel, FLand will drop 
by Reunion on the way north. They have seen Martha 
Garrison Anness and Pat Smith Nelson at a Bonita Point 
SBC gathering with our peripatetic President Betsy 
Muhlenfeld. (Incidentally, Pat Smith Nelson sent such 
an hilarious article from Smithsonian Magazine that I 
almost sent it in instead of this lengthy epistle!) Vickie 
Brock Badrow volunteers for Reach to Recovery, Habi- 
tat, and library management in Chapel Hill, NC but 
travels to FL for a winter stay. The Badrows have 2 great- 
grandchildren belonging to grandson Steve who flies 
helicopters from Ft. Rutger, AL. Liz Hooks Richards, Key 
Largo, sent best wishes and regrets about Reunion. 

New Orleans: Rosemary Gugert Kennedy's daugh- 
ter Wendy is doing good writing and working for the 
Rosemary Corporation as she recovers from a malig- 
nancy. The book, cassette and video From Bach to Rocl< 
is successfully being distributed all over the country 
bringing info to many in a fun way. From Texas: Polly 
Rollins Sowell loves working for Gov. George W. Bush. 
Helen McKemie Riddle, Wichita Falls, has been diag- 
nosed with MS but is able to continue to sell real estate. 
She adds that our recently-deceased classmate Ann 
Harris Bellows was facing a lifetime of being on dialy- 
sis. Our class remembers Ann as a TX gal who went 
back to finish her studies and live in Houston. Sanny 
Butnam Bellows married George's brother Frank. 
Carolyn Montgomery "Gummie" Lange remains close 
to this SBC contingent in Houston. 

lane Miller Wright and Howard operate a kind of 
SBC on the Pacific coast: Westray Boyce Nicholas and 
Roy visited them in Long Beach in Feb. and Maddin 
Lupton McCallie and David visited in Apr. with won- 
derful "catch-up" conversation as we took a boat ride 
and later dined aboard the Queen Mary. Ruthie Faulkner 
Howe and Wilson can't attend Reunion: their oldest 
granddaughter is graduating from Longmont, CO High 
School. Harriotte Bland Beckwith will help 2-year-old 
granddaughter Emily celebrate a birthday in 
Charlottesville on her way to SBC (She is supposed to 
coax songs from our class as we report on our fund 
raising!!) Evvy Sharp Vidal speaks 3 languages, has sev- 
eral advanced degrees and has worked for the CIA and 
Durand International as PR manager. Mary Barrett 
Robertson sent best wishes to our gathering and deep 
regrets over not attending. Patty Damron joy and re- 
tired army officer husband David have lived all over 
the place but now spend May to Oct. in La jolla, CA, 
the rest in Alexandria, VA. Nancy Moses Eubank, Little 
Rock, says that she is doing all right after her husband 
Bill's death in a car accident in July '96. From St. Albans, 
WV Betsy Anderson Gorrell writes of her husband's 
death last year but plans to be at Reunion as does Bess 
White Gregory, whose husband Charles died in May 
'95. Bess keeps busy doing genealogical research for 
Colonial Dame papers. Martha Owen Thatcher writes 
of many marvelous musical moments; she has sung with 
her choir in many countries. From Rumney, NH Faith 
Mattison has made 20 major trips, won numerous 
awards and citations for her work with the Rumney Eco- 
logical Systems in the effort to protect a glacial bog. 



Your notes and questionnaires were fascinating. 
Cheers for 50 years! Maddin Lupton McCallie 

ICi/JCi President: Fritzie Buncombe 
ls/T\J Millard, Secretaries: Betty 

Wellford Bennett, Kitty Hart 
Belew, Fund Agent: Mary Fran 
Brown Ballard 
We are distressed to report the death of our classmate, 
Jaclyn Tappen Kern, in May 1997. Marie Musgrove 
McCrone lost her husband Richard in June 1997, and 
Joan McCarthy Whiteman's husband, Wes, died in Feb- 
ruary 1 998. Patty Levi Barnett lost her husband, Henry 
(Bubba) Barnett, as well in October 1 997. Happier news 
is we have a class bride. Deborah Carroll Zeigler was 
married5/7/98toWilliamP. Conery III in New Orleans. 
We are celebrating our 70 years with many parties and 
travels Kitty Hart Belew's, LibbyTruehart Harris's, and 
Caroline Casey McGehee's to name a few given by their 
respective children. Sally Ayres Shroyer and husband 
Lou were sent to Sun Valley by their children to cel- 
ebrate a 50th anniversary! Ann Bush Train's children 
and grandchildren celebrated her 70th birthday by com- 
ing to her home in Macon, GA. Our class is proud of 
Lucie Wood Saunders who has retired as a professor 
and department chair in Anthropology Betty Blair Gos- 
ling will have her fourth book published by Oxford 
University Press. It is called The Multicultural Making 
ot Thai Art. Betty earned her Ph.D. in 1983 when she 
was 55, and is now recognized as an expert on Thai art. 
Carolyn Cannady Evans completed her master's degree 
in counseling and passed her national counseling exam. 
She is serving her internship toward a professional coun- 
selor license in NC working with college students. Judy 
Baldwin Waxter has made possible the Julia B. Waxter 
Environmental Studies Forum to debut in the Spring of 
1999 as announced in the Sweet Briar Alumnae Maga- 
zine, Summer/Fall '97 issue. Ellen Ramsay Clark and 
Carter VanDeventer Slatery, while in Charleston, SC 
for the House and Garden Tour, met with Stevie Stevens 
Webb for lunch and a personal tour. The Clarks then 
went to Hilton Head with the Slaterys. By next year. 
Goodie Geer DiRaddo expects to be in Charleston to 
aid Stevie with those Charleston visitors from '49. Patsy 
Davin Robinson and Alice Trout Hagan, along with 
Stevie, visited Bunny Barnett Brown In Madison and 
Bayhead, NJ in 9/97 and met again in 2/98 at Bunny's 
in Johns Island, FL where they attended a Sweet Briar 
cocktail and dinner party. In 9/97, Sallie Legg 
DeMartine, Jackie Jacob Leffers, Ann Eustis Weimer, 
Jean Taylor and Betty Wellford Bennett met at Carolyn 
Cannady Evans' time share on Cape Cod for a mini- 
reunion and sight-seeing. Jean Taylor has returned from 
visits to Utah, Australia, Puerto Rico, and the Yucatan. 
Never one to stay too long at home, Jean Is planning 
trips to AK, The Rhineland, Rome, and Sicily, arriving 
in VA in time for our reunion. Jackie Jacobs Leffers and 
her husband Jim have returned from the Greek Isles, 
Turkey and sites in South America including Machu 
Picchu. In 5/98 they leave for Tahiti, then to ME and the 
Canadian Maritime Provinces. Preston Hodges Hill and 
Carolyn Cannady Evans met at Princeton, NJ for their 
husbands' 50"' Reunions. Judy Easley Mak and Dayton 
spent time on Sanibel Island, FL and then at the Cloister 
at Sea Island, GA to escape the cold. Marilyn Hopkins 
Bamborough enjoyed a month this winter in Ft. Myers, 
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ding in Grand Rapids, Ml come summer. Margaret Tow- 
ers Talman went to Italy in the Fall and came home in 
time to sell her house and move the week before Christ- 
mas to a new home in Westminster-Canterbury, a 
retirement community in Richmond. Caroline Casey 
McCehee stays busy traveling and with her miniature 
books. She is on the SBC Friends of Art Board, as well 
as that of Prestwould Plantation and the Colonial Dames 
of VA. Nancy Jones Worcester has 7 grandchildren from 
19 to 6 months. She and her husband will travel to the 
Aegean Isles and the Eastern Mediterranean this Oct. 
after spending the summer in northern Ml. Ruthie 
Garrett Preucel spent a marvelous two weeks in March 
at St. Georges College, the Anglican Study Center in 
Jerusalem. Lindsay Coon Robinson sold her house and 
now resides in a condo on a golf course. She visited 
Morocco and Holland, and closer to home, escorted 
her grandsons 9 and 6 to NYC twice. Sue Corning Mann 
and husband Hank visited Ann Fiery Bryan and Dick in 
Charlottesville en route to FL. They got caught in the 
blizzard of '98 near Roanoke. But FL was great once 
reached! Mary Virginia Mallet is now semi-retired and 
keeps busy with her volunteer jobs, her Kiwanis Club 
and church vestry. She and her daughter, Barbara, plan 
a trip to AK in 7/98. Betty Wellford Bennett, Margaret 
Towers Talman, Caroline Casey McCehee and Kitty 
Hart Belew spent a delightful 4 days in Savannah, GA 
in March on a House and Garden tour - and yes, we 
saw the statue and the house out of Midnight in the 
Garden of Good and Evil. Those of us in Richmond have 
the good fortune to see Alice Trout Hagan on her fairly 
frequent visits here to carry out her various chores. Alice, 
Margaret Talman and Patsy Robinson will travel to Scot- 
land in Sept. Ann Henderson Bannard is completing a 
sculpture honoring the Class of '49 at our 50"' Reunion. 
The sculpture will be installed this fall and dedicated at 
reunion, so EVERYONE plan on being there. Katie Cox 
Reynolds, Larry Lawrence Simmons, Preston Hodges 
Hill, and |udy Baldwin Waxter plan to meet in Aspen 
in Aug. to make plans for our Reunion, so all of you 
send your questionnaires to Larry soon. Fritzie says we'll 
have a new logo on our tee shirts, as well as floppy hats 
and white gloves. The big 50 will take place May 7-9, 
1999. Mary Fran Brown Ballard, our loyal fund agent, 
wants to see 1 00 per cent participation. Mary Fran was 
re-appoinled to the Delaware County PA Board of Elec- 
tions, so is keeping her hand in the politics of her area. 
Y'ALL COME TO REUNION, YA HEAR! 

I A C 1 President; Ann Mountcastle 
IZ/yJl Gamble, Secretary: Patricia 

Barton, Fund Agent: Anne 

Sinsheimer 
How we treasure the time with Marcy during our last 
Reunion and shall remember this dear classmate with 
great affection. Our deepest sympathy also to Sue and 
Bob Lilly on the loss of their son at Christmastime, 1996 
and to N.K. Butterworth Palmer on the loss of her hus- 
band in January, 1997. 

Wonderful to hear from so many of our class, as 
follows: After one year at Sweet Briar, Diane Aubineau 
went to Stanford where she won a Sculpture Scholar- 
ship to the San Francisco Art Institute. After graduation, 
she held art-related jobs, including head of advertising 
for Addison-Wesley, and ultimately opened her own 
agency. Now she is trying to taper off and do more paint- 



ing and traveling. She has many volunteer activities in 
San Francisco, "but the most fun is a hope-springs-eter- 
nal singles group.." Mary Emery Barnhill wrote: "We 
had a nice time in Louisa, VA with Henry and Ann 
(Sheldon) Taylor, Mary (Pease) Fleming and Rives, jean 
(Stapleton) Hellier and Burge and Kitty (Hart) Belew. 
Also had a great summer visit from Sue (Lockley) Glad. 
Have also seen Marge (Newell) Curlee a lot. Dick and I 
stopped by Sweet Briar en route back to Hilton Head 
from summer in upstate New York. We could barely 
find our way around with all the changes! 

Mona Wilson Beard: "I've found since retirement 
an inverse relationship between time and $. Now I have 
time. Georgia and jack Kegley, Will and I visited Kathy 
Mackie for a great weekend. We all live in the present. 
Good luck " Sally Reed Anderson Bernays: "Sorry I 
could not attend the Reunion. After going to work when 
I realized my husband Carlisle Blalock would soon die, 
I retired this year after working for 21 years. My hus- 
band of 1 6 years, Peter Bernays, and I enjoy not getting 
up "at the crack of dawn". My 4 daughters are all grown 
and have children and live all over the U.S. Sally Hudson 
Blalock Seidel SBC'72-daughter Emily, 1 6, Sacramento, 
CA; Patricia Louise Blalock Tinnin SBC '75-Bartlesville 
OK, 4 sons: Sr. Duke Univ. - Anthony; Sr. and National 
Merit Semi-Finalist Stephen; Robert Carlisle - 5th grade; 
Jacob 5; Carol north of Dallas in Fairview, TX - 2 boys 
14 and 15, two gids 9 and 10; Lyie, Haverford, PA - 3 
boys - 7, 5 and 4. I love being a grandmother." 

Tsun-Hsien "Sunshine" Kwan Bhagal was "still re- 
covering from my surgery of complete bowel 
obstruction. I have visited the famous Chi-Kang Master 
Zhao in Fremont, CA. He believes our body cells' sig- 
nals change when abnormal cells are formed and block 
the Chi (energy) flowing. He can release his own Chi to 
your body and heal your illness. It works with me!" lean 
Randolph Bruns "No real changes in the pleasant pat- 
tern, so no news for you." Ruth Clarkson Costello: "After 
22 years, I am out of the loop re the Alan Watts Society 
for Comparative Philosophy. Still volunteer at Blue Lake 
Youth Camp, my 30th summer as 'Camp Nurse'. Still 
writing poems and feeding the homeless (four-legged 
variety). And I sing when no one is listening." Janet 
Broman Dingle described their trips, including her h.s. 
50th, Larry's AF-WW II pilot reunion, and 10 days in 
England with Larry's 3 children and their spouses and 2 
of his grandsons. "My daughter Cathy and family (5 
children) visited us and then Cathy and 1 flew to Lub- 
bock, TX to visit her sister. Sue, and family, including 1 
yr. old twins (a girl and a boy) and two big brothers. A 
busy and fun filled summer with some golf thrown in. 
Now fall activities begin. My latest is Chairman of Meals 
on Wheels, plus church volunteer jobs. We look for- 
ward to the first 3 mos. of 1998 in Stuart, FL." 

Mary Jane Eriksen Ertman and Gardner "are audit- 
ing a class at Wellesley College, playing a little tennis 
and enjoying the children and grandchildren. It will be 
great to see you in October (Highland Park H.S. Re- 
union) and catch up in person." Mary Pease Fleming: 
"We've been together with a bunch of SBC Sl'ers: Hilton 
Head, SC Spring, 1997 visited Mary (Emery) Barnhill 
and Dick, got to see Dick's marvelous paintings; "West 
End" Ann (Sheldon) Taylor and Henry's country home 
in 9/97 with Mary (Emery) Barnhill and Dick, jean 
(Stapleton) Hellier and Burgess and Kitty Belew '49. Also, 
9/97, Rives and I spent golfing with Barbara (Birt) Dow 
and Bill - fun! Patly Lynas Ford wrote that they moved 



into their "bit of Paradise," on 2.7 acres in Healdsburg, 
CA, 11/16/96 and have been remodeling, getting the 
property in order and entertaining guests including Ruth 
Costello who lives nearby, Julie and Dick Eastwood, 
Randi, and John Marks when he was in the Bay 
Area. Patty is volunteering and training dogs for the 
Healdsburg Animal Shelter. They enjoy the area's musi- 
cal activities. Went to England and Scotland in June. 
Sue Lockley Glad: "We leave our summer home at Black 
Butte Ranch, OR and head home to Pasadena. Had a 
busy summer with children, grandchildren and guests. 
Quick trip to Seattle, as our son is a pastor there. We 
have a Mississippi riverboat trip in Oct. as Ned wants 
to refresh his memory about his Midwestern "roots". 
Then back to normal volunteering at the Los Angeles 
Zoo and the Huntington Library." 

Lynne Mc Cullough Gush: "No news beyond our 
daily stroll with the dogs, who outweigh me and some- 
times pull me down. No broken bones yet, probably 
due to ballet 3 days a week. Students are drifting along 
nicely. Adult students are more of a pleasure. Loads of 
house repairs, attributable to our living here 33 years. 
Did the oven and refrigerator have to break down si- 
multaneously? Now we're new and shiny." Angle 
Vaughan Halliday: "Bob and I are in the years of travel. 
Our special interest is in locations for Bob's watercolor 
painting - he is a "pleine airell" painter, and we take all 
his equipment with us. He had a painting in a national 
watercolor show in Taos so we had to go see it. We 
have 5 wonderful grandsons. I do taxes and account- 
ing, as always." Muff Marks Herbruck: "What a 
wonderful moment for you - the Opening of the Globe! 
Congratulations. Bud and I have a wonderful book on 
tape - lectures on Shakespeare by Professor Peter Saccio. 
We thought of you while listening to it. I've been going 
to dressage shows with a lovely 9 year old mare and 
enjoying doing things I should have done when I was 
young. Oh, well." Sue Ostrander Hood: "Our 50th h.s. 
reunion brought classmates from far and near includ- 
ing M.J. Eriksen Ertman and Gardner. Thanks to our 
experience on "the steps" at SBC, Toddy and I were 
well prepared to write "Class of '47" words to "Senti- 
mental Journey" and we made everyone endure at least 
three renditions! Lloyd and I had a hectic Thanksgiving 
with 10 houseguests including children and grandchil- 
dren from Seattle and Pawleys Island, SC. 

Susan Taylor Hubbard: "Ran into Joan Warren at 

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware 
(we are both birders). What a surprise! She looks great. 
We had a short visit. I have a grandson one year old, 
named Sam." Katherine Phinizy Mackie is "happy that 
Marcy was able to attend the Reunion last May. She 
will be especially missed at our |YF get together in France 
in June. I had 4 fun visitors this summer in mountain 
cottage near Roanoke - Jack and Georgia (Dreisbach) 
Kegley and Will and (Mona) Wilson Beard. I plan to see 
Sister Hayden D'Wolf and Cindy Wyman Richardson 
in Oct. I really enjoy these mini-reunions." 

Joan Widau Marshall says every day in Sun City 
seems like a sunny summer Sunday. Two of their new 
acquaintances are friends of Marcy Staley Marks - "she 
had written each of us about the others. We were all 
devastated by Marcy's death." Joan reminisced about 
taking Marcy to a meeting of a Sherlock Holmes soci- 
ety in Chicago. "Out here in Phoenix there are no 
Sherlock Holmes, Richard III, or jane Austen societies. 
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too busy to play golf!" Joan plans to attend the Annual 
Meeting of the Richard III Society In Chicago in Oct. 

Alicia Iznaga Mazzeo, who attended SB in 1946- 
47, writes, "After 50 years, I finally got in touch with 3 
of my classmates! I wrote to the college for addresses. 
Cora Jane Morningstar Spiller came to FL with her hus- 
band, daughter and son-in law; she was my roommate. 
We had a typical Cuban lunch, reminisced for hours. 
Ileana Garcia Carr from Puerto Rico also visited. We 
had them to dinner, talked late into the night. We and 
both of them are planning to visit and stay at the Elston 
Inn next spring. Gloria Gamble Chastine, Wilmington, 
DE, visited Cuba and stayed with us. We have talked 
and written long letters. Bias, my husband (MIT grad) 
and I have 5 children: 3 boys - 2 girls, 11 grandchil- 
dren, all very talented. The oldest is at his grandfather's 
alma mater, engineering. From 47-51 I was at La 
Universidad de La Habana, married that same year, 
stayed in Cuba at a nickel processing plant, then back 
to Boston. Bias received a Master's Degree in electron- 
ics. He taught at the University of Miami, FL, for 2-3 
years. In 1957 we moved to Fort Lauderdale, recently 
moved to Parkland, behind daughter's home, a beauti- 
ful area - the last stronghold of pine trees. Worden Willis, 
class of '75 is also in this area and promised to visit 
soon." 

Ruth Oddy Meyer: "Don't seem to be slowing down 
except in my knees. Went on a 3 week African safari in 
May. Then 2 weeks in August at a ranch in WY riding 
horses (very bad for knees, but much fun). Now we are 
building a house all on one floor and hope to be in by 
Christmas " Betty Browder Nibley: Ann Klepinger 
Mueller and Paul joined our h.s. class for our 50th in 
April. I metjulieMicou Eastwood and her husband Dick 
in San Francisco for dinner in|une. Mary KrausPierson 
flew up from Claremont to join us. We love our tree- 
dom to roam the globe. I thank the ALA (and American 
Univ) for sending me to SF occasionally." Nancy Keen 
Butterworth Palmer: )ohn's illness and death last )anu-^ 
ary has had me out of the loop for a while. By all reports, 
Reunion was great. I have 4 grandchildren, all close by 
in Nashville. Daughter Mary Coleman SBC'77 has a 
successful gourmet catering business and John, jr. is 
newly come to the construction business. Renewed 
contact with Joan Vail Thorne has been a joy. Her rec- 
ommendations on theatre in London were tops. 
Gardening, becoming a CCA judge in horticulture (not 
yetl - shades of Botany! and generally getting on with it 
best describes me." 

Ruth Magee Peterson: "Staying home more as Walt 
has both Alzheimer's and macular degeneration - a very 
nasty combo!! We are looking forward to two weeks of 
wandering with our Aussie friends. Still docenting (Zoo) 
and singing in St. Louis County Community Chorus - 
the rest on hold. Terry Faulkner Phillips: "Wes and I 
continue our bucolic bliss in the country, which is hard 
work too. We are preserving all that's good in nature, 
making the many acres into conservation land. Bear, 
deer, moose, smaller animals and water fowl are in abun- 
dance. I hope to see Toddy and other 51'ers for our 
50th!" Mary Sempie Riis: "My husband, Eriing, of al- 
most 43 years, and I live next door to Marriott's Grand 
Hotel, Point Clear, AL. If anyone stays at the Grand, 
look us up. Our five married children have given us 1 2 
1/4 grandchildren, who visit us often to sail, water ski, 
fish and just enjoy this beautiful spot. Hurricane Danny 
gave us a scare and a ton of water in July. Eriing had a 



stroke but is compensating well for a weak right leg and 
foot. I see Nedra Greer Stimson often and Carol Rolston 
Toulmin occasionally. Sorry I missed Reunion. Hard to 
leave Eriing alone." 

Anne Sinsheimer wrote from LA airport en route to 
visit a nephew et al in Omaha. Last May she went to 
her h.s. reunion and visited friends NH to NJ, starting 
with Mot and George Anderson at their beautiful 1791 
B&B in Wilton, NH. Ann Sheldon Taylor also wrote 
about the gathering at their farm in Louisa, VA. Carol 
Rolston Toulmin: "...still doing the same old things - 
church work, gardening, bridge, read voraciously and 
volunteer in an Episcopal retirement home, /should be 
a resident at my age, but they won't let me quit. My 
brother has come to live with me and he loves to work 
outdoors, so my acreage is always clipped and mani- 
cured. Went to my 50th convent reunion, so know it 
won't be long before the SBC 50th." Joan Davis War- 
ren: "While birding in the wilds of Delaware, we pulled 
up behind a car with a VA license plate - and guess 
what? It was Susan (Taylor) Hubbard. We had quite a 
reunion there on the dike!" Pinkie Barringer Wornham: 
"Still living in La jolla,CA and still, after 40 years, aware 
that we are transplanted Virginians. I am still doing Ad- 
missions at the Bishop's School ... our 3 children are 
gainfully employed. Wendy is a pediatrician in Cam- 
bridge, MA and has 4 little guys. Cindy is the PR manager 
for the J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles. Tommy is Re- 
gional VP of Wells Fargo Bank in the San Francisco Bay 
area - two little boys, 5 and 7 1/2, giving us a total of 6 
grandchildren. Tom and I are leaving for a fun trip rather 
than business to Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam and 
Thailand. 

Ann Benet Yellott: "Hope to see you all for our 50th, 
which will also be my daughter's 25th. 'Til then - busy 
with grandchildren, dogs and horses and environmen- 
tal issues." Pat Barton: "The opening of the Globe was 
thrilling, and the "Henry VI" production the most en- 
joyable Shakespeare I have ever experienced. When 
you are next in London, do go to the Globe - it will be 
well worth the visit. A new job still eludes me (?) - but I 
have found an apartment and hope to be settled by mid- 
january. Keep the thought of our 50th! 

fO ^ ^ President: Mary Jo Ford Gilchrist, 
iC'V/A Vice President: Frances Street 

Smitii, Secretary: Suzanne 

Bassewitz Mentzinger 
We had a wonderful reunion in May 1997.1 enjoyed 
seeing so many of you and missed those who could not 
come. 

Frances Street Smith says they still enjoy traveling 
and continue to volunteer and take trips to Sea Island 
andTXto keep up with their families. Betsy Muhlenfeld 
and Mitchell Moore brought a great turnout of alum- 
nae in Chatanooga and were a big hit. Brigitte Cuttstadt 
did some really exciting traveling, including Germany 
to see family and friends; the Hudson Bay area to see 
the Northern Lights; the Cayman Islands to snorkel; and 
New York during the Christmas Holidays. At home in 
Alexandria she still works part time and enjoys her very 
old cat. Susan Otis Thompson sent a copy of the new 
edition of her book "American Book Design and Will- 
iam Morris" which has been reprinted by the British 
National library, formerly known as the British Museum, 
along with Oak Knoll Press. Our SB Book Shop would 



be happy to order it for you (tel:800-381-6106). Jane 
Ramsay Olmsted left her job at the Sulgrave Club, and 
wil I do her own consulting on party management which 
is what she did there. Jane has a granddaughter, a child 
of her son James Olmstead, who lives nearby. She spent 
Christmas with her daughter Sallie in Santa Barbara, CA. 
Sallie is VP of Corporated Communications at 
MetaCreations, a software company. 

Harriet Thayer Elder "loves her life" in NC, hiking 
in the mountains and working at a non-stressful place, 
with time to visit children and grandchildren. She vis- 
ited Martha Legg Katz in MA and was awed by her 
marvelous sculptures, and had a lovely visit with Mary 
Bailey and lohn Izard when they came to Black Moun- 
tain. Martha Legg and Bill spent 7 wonderful weeks in 
France and Italy in the fall, went QE2 both ways. Her 
grandchildren have moved to Tacoma Park, MD so she 
plans to meet some alumnae while in DC. She says 
Joanne and George Ration's summer party for Sweet Briar 
families was as nice as ever. 

Nell Grand is happy with her new modern house 
complete with tropical garden and palms on the patio. 
Christmas is now simple as all children and grandchil- 
dren can be together. She has many stepchildren and 
now grandchildren of her own. Mildred O'Neal writes 
from Henley-on-Thames, England, that they are "walk- 
ing" and will have their tenth grandchild by the time 
you read this. They loved having the Izards for lunch. 
Ginger Dreyfus Karren runs bed and breakfasts in the 
heart of NYC, around Lincoln Center. She is swamped 
because of her competitive prices but would love to 
hear from, and see, old friends. Ginger would be a font 
of wisdom about the music scene as she was perform- 
ing there after our graduation so many years ago and 
still retains her interest. Heryoungerdaughter Lynn was 
married in May and older daughter Lisa is expecting 
her second child. She wishes they were closer than LA 
and TX. Gail Swearingen moved to a new home in San 
Antonio. One daughter lives in San Antonio, the other 
in Dallas. They have a son in New Canaan and six grand- 
children. Harry still practices law. Gail says she hears 
about me from Nell Dumas Herff. Bob and I saw Nell 
and Augie in New York before our recent move and 
they are as busy, vital, and handsome as ever. In spite of 
a recent drought in San Antonio, and then terrible floods, 
they managed three weeks in South Africa in Septem- 
ber. They see a lot of their three grandsons. Gabrielle 
Maupin Bielenstein and Hans still spend winters in NYC 
(even though he is retired from teaching Chinese at 
Columbia Univ.) and summers are in the house in VA 
where she grew up. Daughter Danielle, who graduated 
from Sweet Briar, is still at the Smithsonian in Washing- 
ton and daughter Andrea works with an Interior 
Decorating firm in New York. 

Cornelia Perkins Zinsser has moved to Cambridge, 
MA, and is "slowly settling into a new life in an old, 
familiar place." She has many friends there, but says "it 
does take a while," which was what I found when I first 
came to Charlottesville. Nancy Hamel Clark had a re- 
union with Eulalie McFall Fenhagen and Carma Lindsay 
Burton. Her next project is to get Harriet Thayer to visit. 
She has no travel plans as a trip to Turkey last spring 
was her "big effort" for a while. She received a card 
from Benita Phinzy Johnson telling of her trip to France 
and Spain at the time of reunion. Nancy is in touch 
with Sally Gearhart and was relieved that Sally was 
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the redwoods. Benita Phinizy reports two family wed- 
dings after Christmas 1998, that of Laura Haskell 
Phinl2y's('65) daughter and of Kathryn Johnson 
Waller's('53) son. Benita works part-time as Marketing 
Assistant at church retirement community, volunteers 
at a speech school, still teaches piano, and walks 3 miles 
a day. She visited Costa Rica and Nicaragua, and is plan- 
ning trips to the American West and Europe, including 
BudapesKwhere Miss Marik, our former Sweet Briar pi- 
ano teacher was born). 

Anne Hoagland and lack had a great summer at the 
Jersey Shore and Cape Cod and planned Christmas at 
the Cape. Their children are in Wellesley and Avon, CT. 
They have 5 grandchildren who keep Anne busy when- 
ever they are together. A trip was planned to South Africa 
in late Feb. Laura Radford Coley and Gene visited En- 
gland and the American West. They have 7 
grandchildren. Pat Beach Thompson and Calvin's trav- 
els are restricted this year because of his hip 
replacement. They were expecting their 5* grandchild. 
Pat played a cranky grandmother in "Moon Over Buf- 
falo." ^~~" 

Joanne Holbrook Patton finished her prolific years 
on SB's Bd. of Directors and also won honors from lo- 
cal musical and businesswomen's groups. She and 
George hosted the annual SB picnic in spite of Joanne's 
knee replacement and serious surgery for both George 
Sr. and George |r. Another new book, to which George 
Sr. contributed much material, is out - Brian Sabel's The 
Fighting Pattons. Daughter Helen had her first baby, son 
Ingmar; son Robert has had two new novels published; 
and youngest son Benjamin helped produce a CD of 
Gregarian chant from the abbey of Joanne's eldest 
daughter Margaret. (Called "Women in Chant," the CD 
is available from all music sources.) 

Leila Booth Morris and Jim were busy with a Class 
of '45 USMA mini-reunion with a Caribbean cruise, with 
another planned in 1998; a Fort Bragg "Old Airborne 
Reunion"; and Jimmy's graduation from the National 
War College (and of course, our 45"'). They made a ge- 
nealogical pilgrimage to Aberdeen MS where a cousin 
told them many stories of Leila's ancestors. Daughter 
Catherine and her husband live in Greenville, NC, and 
Jimmy is stationed in Tampa, FL. There was a family 
reunion 6/97, and the children and all 5 grandchildren 
were together for Thanksgiving. Pat Layne Winks is still 
working very hard and vacationing often and was on 
her way to visit the new Getty Museum in LA. Polly 
Plumb de Butts and lohn attended an opera in Vienna 
with orchestra conducted by lohn's son. They also saw 
John's new grandson. Polly has 11 grandchildren her- 
self. She left her DC government job and is a licensed 
Washington area tour guide, part time, which leaves time 
to volunteer at the White House reading and analyzing 
the President's mail. She is also president of the 
Shenandoah National Park's cooperating association. 

Ann Trumbore Ream writes of her happy family in- 
cluding 11 grandchildren. She and George spent their 
10"' winter in Queen Valley, AZ. They 4-wheel with 5 
other couples and have seen a lot of desert and Indian 
Ruins. Grace Wallace Brown says she and artist Regi 
Klein, who did the Sweet Briar House picture, hope to 
have the next picture in the series, the SBC Chapel in 
the snow, ready to be used as a 1998 Xmas card, with 
the SB Book Shop handling orders. 

Jean Caldwell Marchant has a retired husband and 
two little grandsons and a very busy volunteer life. This 



includes the Hawaiian Humane Society and Hawaii 
Nature Center, and "still, the horsey stuff." Recent trav- 
els were to French Polynesia and a snorkel ing expedition 
to the Marquesas and Puamotus, Next year they will 
probably hike in England. Janis Thomas Zeanah, al- 
though officially retired since 1995, continues as 
communications consultant and contributing editor to 
the Cancer Center magazine at the Univ. of Alabama at 
Birmingham. She and Charley have 9 grandchildren. 

Becky Yerkes Roger's sons are scattered: Robert and 
family live nearby but Ford is project manager on the 
space station at Boeing, in California and Stephen is an 
Air Traffic Controller at Miami Center. Becky produced 
a slide program from Stephen's photos of their entire 
Church fenestration and is working on a booklet; has 
not done any Dames work since publishing a booklet 
in 1993. 

My transition to Virginia was greatly eased by Anne 
Forster Dooley, who preceded me to Charlottesville last 
year. Jim is a retired attorney from Washington and came 
to Richmond with me when I was sworn in to the Vir- 
ginia Bar. They have really helped us "navigate." I heard 
recently from Sue )udd Silcox, who is building a new 
house. I have had two delightful visits with Elizabeth 
Sprague in Lynchburg. We saw all the children and 
grandchildren in Dec. and my daughter and her hus- 
band plan to visit in May. We hope to have a more 
active alumnae club in Charlottesville, spearheaded by 
Nannette McBurney Crowdus '57 who also recently 
moved here. 



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President: Lisbeth Gibson Brooics, 
Secretary: Kathleen Bailey Nager, 
Fund Agent: Anne Elliott Caskie 
This will be brief and the Class Notes Editor will love 
me if no one else does because there will be more room 
for news from other classes. All the news I received from 
the postcards you returned last spring was sent to our 
whole class in our own newsletter (the purple publica- 
tion) in April so you would have it before reunion. This 
was ably edited, published and mailed by Cinnie 
Hudson Toone and we owe her a vote of thanks for 
doing a great job. You computer-niks know what 
Murphy's Law is, and she was able to triumph over great 
obstacles. She also included a list of names and ad- 
dresses of all known classmates. We hope the list 
inspired you to call your old buddies and urge them to 
join you at reunion. At this writing, we're looking for- 
ward to a great 45th. For an opener we'll have our class 
picnic on Friday night at Dale Hutter Harris and Ted's 
home. Truly they are the hosts with the most(s). The 
whole weekend should be lots of fun with games and 
surprises. My trusty successor will recount reunion de- 
tails in the next installment. Best wishes to her and thanks 
for the great honor of letting me be your class secretary 
these past years. 



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President: Rebecca (Bexy) Faxori'i ' 
Knowles, Secretary: Ginger 
Chamblin Greene, Fund Agent: 
Audrey Stoddard 



Once again, I'm sorry to have to start our news on a sad 
note. Our classmate Mary Anne Love Morgan died in 
January in Summit, NJ; and Alice Emma (Mickey) Thune 
Parker died on April 23. We send sympathy to both of 
their families. 



A lot of us are still getting around in spite of gray 
hair and arthritis. Betty Byrne Gill Ware and Hudnall 
win the prize: they went to Costa Rica, France, and Italy, 
besides Chicago and Maine. They report three grand- 
children. Joan Kells Cook runs a close second with trips 
to England, Scotland, New England, Georgia, Califor- 
nia, and a planned expedition to Costa Rica. Patsy Smith 
Ticertook time off from helping run the Virginia Senate 
to go to London and Cornwall with Jack. She is expect- 
ing a new grandchild soon. Pat Kilmer Norris managed 
to get to Atlanta and Palm Springs before being slowed 
down by a broken hip. Hope your recovery continues 
uneventfully, Pat. Speaking of hips, Bexy Faxon Knowles' 
first replacement was so successful that she is planning 
a second one soon. (No, no, the other one — not the 
same one twice!) She plans to be playing tennis again 
by January. She and Bob divide their time between 
Maryland and Florida, plus spending several months 
each year on their boat. Kathleen Peeples Pendleton 
describes an SBC-sponsored tour to Ireland along with 
Gail Davidson Bazarre, and a trip to Alaska with Camille 
Williams Yow and her husband. Kathleen's daughter was 
recently named one of 1 outstanding young Atlantans — 
congratulations, Polly. 

Nancy Douthat Goss and Woody spent a month in 
Africa, varying from a safari with bucket showers and 
no electricity to the elegance of Cape Town. They now 
have 4 grandchildren. Betsy Stevens Sutton and John 
spent a month in the Amazon and then went on a golf 
cruise along the southeastern US coast and Bermuda. 
They have two grandchildren and, she says, finally 
graduated their last enfant terrible from Cal State. More 
congratulations. Susanna Bernard Odence and Larry 
report a planned move to Cape Cod and a planned trip 
to Brazil and Uruguay in December. 

Alaska and Costa Rica seem to be popular destina- 
tions this year. Frances Bell Shepherd and Jimmy are 
just back from Alaska and Calgary, and are going on the 
SBC trip to Costa Rica in December. Mary Reid Simpson 
Daugette and Forney are planning to be on the Costa 
Rica cruise too. Diane Johnson de Camp is planning 
her usual month in England looking at antiques. She 
says driving in England is a real adventure and I know 
just what she means — I'll never try it again. Her son 
recently won an AP/Scripps Howard first prize for news 
photography in The Columbus Dispatch. More congratu- 
lations. Amanda McThenia lodice and Don are headed 
for Ireland and Scotland next year. Elise Wachenfeld de 
Papp has finally retired to spend more time riding. She's 
taking her horse to Florida in February, but before that 
she is off to Australia. Mary Boyd Murray Trussall and 
George had a wonderful time in Arizona in |une but 
she says grandsons are even more fun — they have two. 
She had a pleasant reunion in the Berkshires with Diane 
Hunt Lawrence and Jimmy. Babs Garforth Jackson 
agrees that grandchildren are very enjoyable; she has 
four She is just back from France and the Alps. She sees 
Jeanctte Kennedy Hancock often in a volunteer group 
they both belong to. 

Lydia Plamp Mower does volunteer work too. She 
recently retired and is enjoying her freedom to visit the 
grandchildren, take classes, do some gardening etc. She 
expects to see Bar Plamp Hunt and George at a family 
reunion in the fall. Other retirees include Liz Keener 
Rector & husband George. Their grandson is in great 
shape and so is her transplanted kidney. Fritz Merriman 
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literacy. (Amanda says Fritz sent her an egg from the 
Faberge collection when it was in Cleveland but I'm 
not so sure.) Tinker Beard is still summering in Minne- 
sota and wintering in Alabama, a good combination. 
She expects a Gulf visit from Didi Stoddard. 

I have a lot of grandchild reports in addition to the 
ones I've already mentioned. Betsy Miller Sayler and 
Jack have a brand new one, bringing their total to three. 
Ruth Campbell VanDerpoel also has three and she en- 
joys roller skating with them. She's just packed up her 
house (after 31 years) and is looking forward to moving 
into a townhouse. Sally Oberlin Stevens, who wins the 
neat handwriting prize again this year, is anticipating 
their fifth grandchild in January. She still enjoys land- 
scaping and sprucing up their home, and says "if I had 
known grandchildren were so much fun, I'd have had 
them first " Camille Williams Yow reports that Pam 
Compton Ware also has a new grandson. Camille and 
Lawson will be going to Jane Feltus Welch's niece's 
wedding, in the same church where Jane and her hus- 
band were married, and they plan to stay at Ethel Green 
Banta's Hope Farm in Natchez. 

Meta Space Moore, who still plays tennis and golf 
and spends a lot of time in the NC mountains, claims 
nme grandchildren and asks if Honey Addington 
Passano still has nine also? Honey didn't mention any 
grandchildren, but reports that she visited SBC this fall 
and was horrified to find that they lock the dormitory 
buildings these days. Other members of the nine-grand- 
child club are Peggy West Valentine and Henry. Renis 
Siner Paton bought out her partner instead of retiring, 
and her daughter is now working with her. She has two 
grandchildren, and plans a visit soon with Sue Lawton 
Mobley and her daughter and grandchild. 

Art and I haven't done much this year; his back sur- 
gery in March slowed him down considerably. He's 
better now, and we did manage to spend a few very 
pleasant days in Key West. And we have great plans for 
next year. Finally, many thanks to all of you who took 
the time to send back those postcards. Keep in touch. 

I A C /'^ President: Nancie Howe 
iC^C/v) Entenmann, Secretary: Meredith 
Smythe Grider, Macie Clay 
Nichols, Fund Agent: Janet 
Monroe Schumann 
Greetings from your Kentucky connection! Since we 
recently received the magazine with last year's notes, 
we have a small response this time. We are all close to 
retirement, having grandchildren and traveling so we 
assume you are doing some of that and will tell us about 
it next year. 

Nancie Howe Entenmann said the dedication of the 
. Byrd Stone Memorial "Byrd's Nest" was a lovely event, 
also attended by Hazel Herring Beshers and Jane Street 
Steele, lane said Nancie did a good job of representing 
us at the ceremony and that it was a memorable day 
"Byrd would feel honored by the playground and is 
appropriately honored by it." Nancie has had a usual 
busy year going to England (and visiting Ann Train Ross 
who lives "on the canal bordering London") to see a 
son and daughter-in-law. They also visited children in 
Texas and Canada. This is only a partial list of their go- 
ings but we know they are never home. Nancie would 
love to hear from each of you with ideas and/or reac- 
tions (for or against) our next reunion. Please do let her 



know. Eve Altsheler Jay was in England in October: 
London and Wales "which is beautiful." She has three 
grandchildren, three and under. Louisa Hunt Coker 
loved the tenting safari they took in Africa. They also 
toured the Greek Isles on a cruise and she states, "Re- 
tirement has its pluses." They welcomed their first 
grandson in April and that makes four grandchildren. 
Nancy St. Claire Talley says they too are traveling: Italy 
(fall), HI and the Bahamas (winter) and England (spring). 
Not bad! And a second grandson was due in Feb. Bet 
Forbes Rayburn is "still raising pine trees and grand- 
children." An article in the Richmond Times Dispatch 
about Helen (Turner) and Tayloe Murphy detailed the 
work that they have done to put anti-erosion breakwa- 
ters along their Potomac River farm. It's apparently a 
new (but lo, expensive!) concept. Tayloe was described 
as "the chief voice in the Virginia General Assembly for 
protecting water quality and restoring the bay." 

Debby Brown Stalker writes, "One of the highlights 
of the year was having Carolyn Dickinson Tynes ap- 
pear at our door with a committee from the Garden 
Club of America." Debby and Peter have nine grand- 
children and are excited about a new apartment at 475 
Park in NYC to use as an eastern gathering place for 
family and friends. They will be in South America and 
London for the theater this year and in Santa Barbara 
planning their next trip! Mary Koonz Cynn's daughter 
got married last year and her son has presented her with 
her first grandchild, a boy. She is still into full time farm- 
ing plus golf in the summer, tennis in the winter in Fort 
Wayne, IN. Janet Monroe Schumann is at lohns Hopkins 
University as the major gift officer for the School of 
Continuing Studies (Business and Education Divisions). 
She also had her first grandchild, a boy living in 
Santander, Spain with his parents. Sara Enscoe Olsen 
(Sally) continues to enjoy retirement and being involved 
as a Life Master at bridge, work with the Nature Conser- 
vancy, raising orchids, quilting and church work. She 
plans a fall trip to England. Texas news from Peggy 
Pattillo Beckham is that their son is finishing his resi- 
dency in pediatrics in July and will move his family back 
to Abilene for his practice. Then she and Bob will have 
all four of their children and their families in the city 
which is great fun, although crazy and wild. "Therapy 
continues to be golf and fishing at Lake Brownwood." 
A long Christmas letter from Barbara Darnall Clinton 
in Houston details their busy times with travels, Dan's 
retirement, supporting the Texas A&M Aggies, the farm 
and their children. They have four grandchildren. Bar- 
bara had a case of shingles that took three months 
recovery time. 

Meredith Smythe Grider is still involved in The Red 
Eye Galler>' in Ml. The store's name has to do with the 
Loon for which the building is decorated; the building 
also houses The Lonesome Loon, a men's store owned 
by our son-in-law and Afterloon Delights, a coffee shop, 
ice cream parlor and soon-to-be sandwich emporium. 
It's great fun! Paul has told me and his patients that he 
will be retiring 6/30 and I will be thrilled if it's true. He 
wants to continue medicine in another way and hopes 
to teach at the U. of L. School of Medicine. We have no 
grandchildren and no travel plans this year, but there is 
a future! and who knows! Ann Allen has been travel- 
ing — California, London, Middleburg — and added a 
guest room so she and Tom can welcome us all in shifts 
to her log house in SC. Lottie Lipscomb Guttry related 
a fabulous trip to China and Malaysia to celebrate their 



40* anniversary. With son Robert practicing with John, 
they are freer to enjoy their 5 grandchildren, travel, and 
return home to Orlando. 

Betsy Meade Hastings continues her editing of Wall< 
Through The Bible And tutoring 3 Vietnamese children 
and their mother. They plan to return to Ireland/England 
this summer. Son, Don, is in a family practice residency 
and son, Chris, is working on his Masters in Horticul- 
ture at Cornell. Also traveling with abandon are Kay 
Smith and Bob Shauer in their RV for 4 months from AK 
to MA. Bob has been diagnosed with Hodgkins lym- 
phoma and we send our healing wishes to him. 

Peggy Ann Rogers returns to campus for SB Library 
Board meetings twice a year. She has filled retirement 
with tutoring and assisting deaf and hard-of-hearing stu- 
dents and lots of travel to NYC, D.C. and England for 
July and August with an added trip to the capital cities 
of Europe, lane Black and David Clark spent time in 
France barging and touring Provence and were in Paris 
the week of Di's crash. All 16 progeny attended an ac- 
tivity-filled Thanksgiving at Marco Island. Carolyn 
Dickson Tynes was in CA on a horticulture-related trip 
and had surprise meetings with Debby Brown Stalker 
and Jolly Urner, headmistress of a private day school. 
Both look great. Pryde Brown visited Atlanta, and 
Carolyn, Weesie Mandeville Grant and Leila Thomp- 
son Taratus enjoyed a mini-reunion. Joyce Lentz and 
Hugh Young spent Christmas in CA with the entire fam- 
ily and Hugh continues to do well. She reported that 
Brucie Bordley Gibbs' husband died from lung cancer 
and we send our love to her. 

Betty Pierce Bradshaw and Jack celebrated 40 years 
of bliss at Sea Island where they honeymooned. Three 
children and 2 grandchildren all live in Houston. Betty 
and Jack are active in Faith Alive, a lay ministry of the 
Episcopal Church. Louise Gault spends days enjoying 
the view from her "final" home — a new NYC apartment 
overlooking gardens and a river, but has left for views 
of France, England, Greece as well. She continues do- 
ing editorial consulting and invites us to visit.. brave girl! 

The Nichols group and assorted, select friends en- 
joyed the sixth June in St. Remy submerged in all the 
charm of Provence. ..Magnificique! No plans for retire- 
ment here as long as there are buyers for bonds and 
houses, but we love to travel to FL to visit Martha and 
Eric. This fall we tour Turkey, assuming there is some 
calm. 

/Q ^"7 President: Carol McMurtry 
l\/Ky I Fowler, Secretary pro tem: Jane 
Fitzgerald Treherne-Thomas, 
Fund Agents: Cynthia Wilson 
Ottaway, Anne Wilson Rowe 
Dear and wonderful Class of '57, your cards were full 
of exciting news. Many of us are still thinking of our 
terrific Reunion — in the words of Diane Duffield Wood, 
"There is nothing more rewarding than getting together 
with good friends and just having a wonderful laugh 
after the passing of years." So start planning for 2002. 
And now for the news: On 3/1 an important one-woman 
show in Birmingham, featuring the work of our own 
Sandra Stingily Simpson, drew art cognoscenti from the 
4 corners of the globe including Roberta Malone 
Henderson (Glenview, KY) who is now Chairman of 
the Board of Scenic America in Washington, and Nancy 
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ing travels and six grandchildren. Sandra also received 
many messages of congratulation from members of our 
class. An SBC trip to Greece and Turkey in the autumn 
will be joined by an impressive group from "57. On 
board will be: Sandra Stingily Simpson, Margery Scott 
Johnson and Earl, Nannette McBurney Crowdus and 
Bill, and Lee Haskell Mack and new husband Charlie. 
Margery and Earl are celebrating the arrival of a 6* 
grandchild; Nannette and Bill are new residents of Madi- 
son, VA and look forward to visitors. Lee and Charlie 
were married in December, cruised the BVI's on their 
wedding trip. Lee made a side trip to FL to visit Stella 
Moore McCllntock and lock in Veto Beach. Peggy 
Liebert Dobbins welcomed a new grandchild courtesy 
of son Blair and wife lanet in Arlington. June Heard 
Wadsworth recently completed writing a Volunteer 
Handbook for the newly accredited Old Lyme, CT Fine 
Arts College, enjoyed her yearly sailing trip to the Brit- 
ish Virgin Islands, and will spend the summer of '98 on 
Block Island with visits from family. Susan Ragland 
Abrahamson and husband spend as much time as pos- 
sible in FL on Longboat Key painting and writing, and 
look forward to seeing Kay Tilghman Lowe and Jim while 
there. Page Phelps Coulter asks, "Has everyone bought 
a copy of my latest book of poetry. New England 
Weather, published by Mellen Press and available via 
E-Mail through Amazon Books, for which my daughter 
Emilie writes children's book reviewsf" Enid Slack loves 
Denver but travels constantly: Paris, remote villages in 
New Mexico, Washington DC, NY, the '97 Kentucky 
Derby with Marguerite McDaniel Wood and jane Feltus 
Welch '55, and a visit with Ruth Ellen Green Calhoun's 
sister Ethel '55 this past winter Lainy Newton Peters' 
travels took her to New Orleans in Apr. and England, 
Scotland and Wales in Sept. Son Mark Dickinson and 
bride Letizia are in Baltimore: assistant astronomers at 
the Space Telescope Science Institute. Diane Duffield 
Wood's beloved bookstore closed in June. Last summer 
she attended her 45th high school reunion and visited 
her 3 children. Diane has seen Lee Haskell Mack and 
Charlie: "He is terribly nice." Diana Robin, Director of 
Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies at LJNM 
"Loved Reunion." A recent book. Collected Letters of a 
Renaissance Feminist, was published by U. of Chicago 
Press in summer '97. Her latest work. Redirecting the 
Caze: Gender, Theory and Cinema in the Third World, 
publisher SUNY/Albany will be in your local bookstores 
in Oct. Sydney Graham Brady spent this spring visiting: 
first a visit in Charlottesville with a friend who is 
Saunders Director of The International Center for 
Jefferson Studies, then to SBC, Williamsburg and Wash- 
ington. She loves being retired, having time to whittle 
away on her "to do" list. Carolyn Swift Fleming (Omaha) 
writes of: the August '98 wedding of son Will to Kelly 
Woods, a trip to France- Paris first then on to Normandy, 
Brittany and the Loire Valley, and birth of grandchild 
Nicole Marie. Jane Pinckney Hanahan, President of the 
Historic Charleston Foundation, enjoyed our Reunion. 
In luly '97 her I"' grandson was born; in July '98 young- 
est daughter Anne married Walter Dale Blessing. Elaine 
Kimball Carleton and Sam visited her in Mar. Marguer- 
ite McDaniel Wood and George returned in Mar. from 
a trip to the Cayman Islands and Marguerite took off for 
a "girlsy houseparty in Sea Island." She is busy with 
grandchildren, the latest boy/girl twins; and she joined 
Enid Slack in June for a trip to a CA Spa. In May Chris 
Smith Lowry and Britt drove "out West" from Charlotte, 
NC on a two-month-long trip taking the Northern route 



to Wyoming, down to the Grand Canyon and home the 
Southern route. Chips Chao Pai had a double exhibi- 
tion of her nature photography AND her Bonsai at the 
Gallery One, Montclair State LI., from whence she has 
retired after 28 years. Chips is trying her hand at writing 
a novel, and is presently serving on a committee to study 
diversity at SBC. Barbara Telzlaff tells of a hair-raising 
trip to Machu Pichu while visiting Peru, but the sights, 
sunrise and moonlight on the mystical, magical ruin 
"were worth the effort." Incredible trips to 5 Third World 
Countries in a year and a half plus a visit to the new- 
Getty Museum opening have given Ann Frasher Hudson 
a true feeling for the 'Global Village." Ann is still in- 
volved with the Aspen Institute and Aspen Music Festival 
and expects to visit Paris and Bilbao in Spring '98. 
Carolyn Scott Arnold was sorry to miss Reunion but 
will definitely come for the 45*. 6 children and 1 5 grand- 
children add to her full, busy, happy life in Honolulu. 
Elaine Floyd Fisher with daughter Evangeline visited SBC 
while in VA for Christmas '97 and found the beautiful 
SBC Chapel the only building open. She has been busy 
settling the affairs of her mother who died in late 1 996. 
Elaine Kimball Carleton, Sam and daughter Elizabeth 
had an "eventful" 3 weeks in India in 1 2/97. Son George 
is a film-maker, lives in Hollywood. The Carletons vis- 
ited Charleston, SC in Mar for a prenuptial oyster roast 
given by Caroll Weitzel Rivers and Buist for |ane 
Pinckney Hanahan's daughter Anne. Polly Spessard 
Cooper (Richmond) is breeding and showing Bichon 
Frise "doggies, plus golfing, gardening and traveling." 
She misses good intellectual stimulation from SBC types. 
Mimi Chapin Plumley and Allan missed our Reunion; 
they were on a trip to Switzerland. Their youngest son 
is engaged and their 5 grandchildren are all stars. Mimi 
plans to take up golf soon. Aileen Laing was lecturer for 
the Garden Club of VA trip to England in May, then 
traveled on from London to Singapore to visit a cousin, 
then onward to Thailand, Bali and Java. Mary Anne 
VanDervoort Large and Bob spent 24 days touring 
Southeast Asia in early spring: "Although the area is 
experiencing economic problems, Malaysia, Singapore 
and Thailand appear prosperous. The Nepalese were 
warm and friendly, offsetting the chill we felt reading 
John Krakauer's Into Thin Air. Dagmar Halmagyi Yon 
says she plans to retire after all her appliances and her 
car are repaired. El Nino almost drowned her area but 
no real damage was done. Our hearts go out to Mary 
Landon Smith Brugh whose wonderful husband Lynn 
died in 11/97 "peacefully at home." Peewee has been 
busy with the details of being executrix, and auditing 
some courses at SBC. In May she and sister Helen Smith 
Lewis '54 joined 2 cousins for a London trip. Bess Bundy 
Taft married her childhood sweetheart in '91 ; they have 
moved 3 times since then. The latest and (she hopes) 
last hometown is Schenectady, NY. Their 5 grandchil- 
dren are all bright and wonderful. Bess is active in her 
church music and worship, plays bridge and golf, is 
happy and well. Jane Campbell Englert had a year's 
sabbatical and retired in June. She has been travelling 
and seeing grandchildren: saw Lou Wallace Wilemon 
in CA in Ian.; hopes to see Marjie Whitson Aude this 
summer. Marjie writes that she and Fritz love their new 
house but traveled most of summer '97. They saw daugh- 
ter Lucy in DE, son Carl in Hampton, son Mark in Boston, 
Lois in lA and Laurie in Batavia, IL. Nancy lives just 10 
minutes away, works on the farm. They celebrated their 
40"' anniversary with a family party. Carol McMurtry 
Fowler faxed me the following: "With the computer and 



the Internet and the ability to tap into the fabulous U.of 
TX library system, I spend considerable time at home 
doing research for my former bank employer in Boston 
and other clients. I anticipate selling our Lake property, 
the family resort, and two riverboats next year. Dudley 
will probably buy another boat and explore the Missis- 
sippi and Intercoastal canal; I'll join him at selected 
ports." Beth McMahon Tolbert has been awarded the 
Mary Baker Rumsey Lifetime Commitment Award by 
the Oklahoma City Junior League. The award recog- 
nizes her volunteer efforts which include the Okla. City 
Memorial Task Force Design Solicitation committee, 
Okla. City Arts Commission and the U. of Okla. board 
of visitors. One of the highlights of my past year was a 
week in New York in Feb. seeing plays, old friends and 
featuring a performance at Carnegie Hall by the Pitts- 
burgh Symphony with its brilliant new music director, 
Maris Jansons. Trips to VA and Cape Cod added to the 
joy of summer. Thank you for taking time to send the 
news that keeps '57 rolling toward the next Reunion. 
See you in 2002. 

T(A CO President: Courtney Gibson 
/ v\/v' Pelley, Secretary: Ann Pegram 
Harris, Fund Agents: Ann Young 
Bloom. Betsy Smith White 
Hey y'all, lovely to hear from you (where is Sue Pohl? 
RSVP)-except-we lost three husbands last year. Sally 
Beattie Sinkler, Tina Hopkins Raine, and Marcia Payne 
Grant all did, and we are so sorry. 

Let's talk happier notes-Reunion happens 1999, so 
circle wagons and calendars and plan to come along. 
Please! (You do not have to be thin or rich or glamor- 
ous, but we'll love you even if you are...) We need a 
witty skit, and all to bring white gloves and little hats- 
remember them? In a fit of enthusiasm, Betsy Smith 
White ottered to help put on a little Reunion planning 
thingy in Charlottesville-ok pet, when? 

President Courtney Gibson Pelley kindly typed her 
postcard full of Reunion "y'all come's," and of Pelley 
trips-to Russia, Scandinavia, London, beach house, and 
San Francisco, and a Brick Wall around their Arlington 
courtyard for that birthday, the one also mentioned with 
astonishment by many-let's just call it 39, okay? 

Caroline Green wrote us all a sweet postcard say- 
ing hello, and how much she enjoyed the Sweet Briar 
mail. Ann Hearin in Mobile is working in a chic kitchen 
shop and zips over to Europe some, too. Penny Fisher 
Duncklee and Sir "are now LEAFERS" having driven 
1000 miles in New England to see leaves! They live in 
Arizona. 

Alice Cary Farmer Brown led a Garden Club of 
America trip to "glorious Charleston" and then wrote 
happily of the SBC Donor Weekend in Philadelphia. 
(Yes, child, they'll give you a dinner if you mail them 
bags full of money.) Grand, lovely, perfectly run by our 
own 'lil Ann Young Bloom They and Betsy Smith W., 
|udy Sorley Chalmers, and Mary Harrison Cook Carle 
all NEVER stopped talking. Imagine! 

Snowdon Durham Kisner re-united with |ane 
Jamison Messer and her mom, Sarah Callison Jameson, 

SBC '29, and sent a cute picture. Miz K. is "really en- 
joying life in Shepherdstown," busy there and going to 
be a grandmother! Also had April in Paris, and England 
and Scotland. Love ya. 



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Pat Chandler Burns of Rome (Georgia) has precious 
grandbabies, and "RV'd to Minnesota last summer." That 
is a long way, baby. Vivian Bufler Scott was "still jet 
lagged from two wonderful weeks in Turkey." Mary 
Ballou Handy Ballentine in Richmond sent us a beauti- 
ful photograph (hope it gets printed) of beautiful Sorrel 
Mackall McElroy, Sally Armfield McMillion, Lizora 
Miller Yonce, Mary Ballou, Mary Blair Scott Valentine, 
Gay Hart Gaines, and Tab Thorton Farinholt. 

Deborah Dunning is thriving in Durham and start- 
ing a new business of ecologically sound furnishings. 
She was here in Atlanta for the |r. League Christmas show 
and had driven with Betsy Brawner Pittman and Marcia 
Brown Lyie. She kept saying "Sweet Briar women re- 
ally do keep well!" With good reason... 

Pet Nina Hopkins Raine wins the Grandmommy 
sweepstakes with !!!9!!! "I am so lucky"-but still dis- 
likes turning-er-39. Jane Jamison Messer took Mom 
through Sweet Briar again, visited Snowdon again, then 
married off son Scott 'in the Maine Woods, outdoors, 
near Lynda Knickerbocker Ford's summer spot." I guess 
Lynda wouldn't let them inside. Jane's spouse Judge 
Frank is in his second-six year term; Jane's hair is all 
back and all white, there are three grands and two more 
expected, and the kids took them on a Birthday Cruise 
last Spring. That was a BIG postcard. 

Jane Moore Banks in Maryland is having twins- 
grand-twins-in December, all nearby and they will be 
6! Six!! Evelyn Moore Morton in Winston Salem wrote 
a happy, hard to read note about seeing Alice Gary, turn- 
ing 39, and busy family stuff. TYPEWRITER TIME FOR 
ALL OF US. Judy Nevins LeHardy and the captain wrote 
a book, Once Around, it is in the Sweet Briar bookstore 
and book's NOT DRY. They sold Cormorant, bought a 
sloop, got grandchile #7, hunt a Place To Settle, and 
when bored with this idleness, golf, tennis, and bicycle. 
A gorgeous photo of Our Preacher, the Reverend Fleming 
Parker Rutledge, and a news article to tell of her guest 
preaching and teaching in Crosse Point Easter week. I 
can't smart off about something so fine. Marcia Payne 
Grant is staying in HendersonvilleNC, busy with friends 
and volunteer work and four children and 8 grands. 

Bambi, Rew Price Carne, has fled California for 
Venice (Florida) and built in a goify place there, "Tampa 
area." She retired briefly and soon signed up for "temp 
work" and bridge lessons. Lookout, world. ...Rachel Bok 
Goldman keeps building.. ."almost done" in Maine, and 
in Chicago her Allen notyet retired; grandchild #3 soon 
due. Rachel, that has to be SOME house. 

Ginny Robinson Harris had Whitney's (SBC '88) 
wedding in their Highlands, NC house; the Younguns 
live and work in Charlotte. Ginny lost a parent and 
turned er...39; lerry is taking heron a regroup tnp soon. 
(We know) Barbara Sampson Borsch, a Pet, is still in LA 
after-gasp-9 years. "A record." She raises Good Works 
money and is rather tired of it. (We know). Trips-Korea!; 
Berkeley board meetings and Egypt! where son Stuart is 
dissertating, apparently in Arabic. Barbara dined with 
Isa Mary Lowe Ziegler and Bishop Alruiz last May and 
"hopes for another sighting soon." 

Anne Smith Heist, still in Florida, was arranging 
floors at a CCA zone meeting and attending the Judg- 
ing workshop in Sarasota, looking good. (Anne and her 
work) Tab TARDY Thornton Farinholt just sent a cheery 
postcard of halloos and busy life-five grandbabies, teach- 
ing, and so forthing. Mary Blair Scott Valentine is loving 
all 6 grandchildren, summers at Kiawah, and Realtor 



career, hooray. Betsy Smith White also wrote of Phila- 
delphia and maybe Charlotte thingy. She has five 
grandbabies and probably wants to show them off. 

Judy Sorley Chalmers does a lot of Medical Mis- 
sionary work now, with her daughter; mostly in Ecuador 
and Panama. Two children in Atlanta (2 babies!); and 1 
in NYC. "All is well." So glad. Polly Space Dunn sends 
hugs, herdaughter Elizabeth wed last summer and lives 
in NYC. She saw Nina and Lizora in summer, and says 
also, "Lucky me!" I am truly touched by how many class- 
mates wrote of their happy lives and good fortune. 
"Lucky we." 

Mary Todd Singh and Jaswant go to Bangalor India 
soon to set up an office for Liberty Mutual International; 
didn't say for HOW LONG. Keep us posted! Dede Ulf 
Mayer in Erie, PA has two married sons in Virginia and 
sends you all love. Judy Welton Sargent in Delaware, 
leaves there a lot. She has reported Prague Budapest, 
and Vienna; and Anne Hufendick's daughter's Texas 
wedding; and Hong Kong and Shanghai; and adding 
on to the house "now the children are grown and the 
dog died, but it seems like a good idea." 

Ali Wood Thompson did a lot of Grandmom duty 
and a lot of hula hoop fun. Lucia Woods Lindley had a 
big photography show in Chicago and Evanston, and 
sees Gretchen Smith Falk and also has four grandchil- 
dren. Nice note from Miz Bloom (Ann Young): "SBC 
president is a winner." So are you all. 

In Atlanta, "Living Room Learning" goes on for the 
?28"' popular year, a ten or so week set of college level 
lectures, non credit, and comfortable. The local club 
also now has "Daisy's Birthday" as the annual party. 
Byron and I have five perfect funny brilliant grandchil- 
dren. He retired, and broke a few major bones so I said 
TCH! And took dtr. Miss Pooh on our cruise to Egypt, 
Turkey, Israel, and Greece. Brought B. a stuffed camel- 
he's a good sport (a very small stuffed camel). Selah. 
Miss Ann 

|A/'*/"'| President: Barbara Bowen Moore, 
IWSJV' Secretary: Barbara Beam Denison, 
Fund Agents: Margot A. McKee, 
Page Tucker McFall Ziebold 
As I hear from you all, I look forward to our 40th re- 
union in the year 2000 with ever-growing anticipation 
... hope to see every one of you there. 

Nancy Beekman Carringer reports many changes 
in Monmouth Jet., N|. She and Don moved from their 
farmhouse to a townhouse, Nancy's teaching job moved 
to a new school and they welcomed their 4th grand- 
child. Barba Bowen Moore and Clay, in Atlanta, are 
painting in their twin studios while Barba plans a trip to 
France with Becky Towill McNair and other childhood 
friends turning 60. Starr Bullis Lafayette is busy on the 
farm in Pikeville, TN, raising corn and cattle and breed- 
ing their pet goat while building a new house and renting 
out a newly built cabin. 

Lura Coleman Wampler feels retirement nearing as 
some of her chemistry students at the Shipley School in 
BrynMawr are children of former students! Lura is grate- 
ful to be teaching in the age of advanced technology 
and, for a well rounded life, to be boarding horses with 
her husband at home on the farm. Nancy Corson Gibbes 
reports the addition of a son-in-law and a grandchild to 
their family. She and Joe traveled to China, visiting with 



Jane Headstream Yerkes in LA on the way. George and 
I ran into Ann Crowell Lemmon and her family while 
on a Thanksgiving visit to Tryon, NC. She and Phyz love 
having their grown children still in Atlanta and keep in 
close touch with Keating Griffiss, Linda Sims Grady, 
Nina Wilkerson Bugg, Barba Bowen Moore and Ann 
Smith Bretscher. Lee Cullum still writes a column for 
the Dallas Morning News and is a regular commentator 
for the "News Hour with Jim Lehrer" and "All Things 
Considered". She was honored as a Distinguished 
Alumna by Highland Park High School in Dallas, was 
Alumna in Residence at SBC 10/97 and is the proud 
Grandma of Lili, born 3/97. Donna Kerkham Grosvenor 
and Chris continue to love Santa Fe where Donna 
teaches yoga and holds sacred site retreats. Son, Hovey, 
works in documentary films there and daughter, Lexi, is 
in Med School in NC. Gail Hayman Wilson teaches 
h.s. social studies while son. Collier is a student at 
Colgate and daughter, Wendy, is at Wellesley. Jane 
Headstream Yerkes and Leonard were married 8/9/97, 
and lane commutes between LA, where he works, and 
Seattle, where she maintains her decorating business 
and is president of the Seattle Garden Club. In Lexing- 
ton, VA, Judy Jenks Pearse and Monte work in private 
practice and community outreach treating addictions 
They also spend time at their home on Martha's Vine- 
yard. Annie Laurie Martin, in Washington, DC, writes 
of the joys of the holiday season, friends, outreach and 
Bible teachings. 

The lives of Adrianne Massie Hill and Mai are filled 
with music, golf, bridge, travels from Seattle to Maui, 
Mexico and Italy, as well as A's full time position at the 
LIS Bank. Highlights are visits with the Puseys and 
Erdmans in Seattle and New York and Jane Headstream's 
wedding. Elizabeth Meade Howard has turned her 
ample talents to photography and particularly enjoys 
leaving Charlottesville and taking to the streets of NYC. 
From faraway Hong Kong, Katie Mendelson McDonald 
reports that things are quite the same there following 
July's handover. She and Jack made a few trips to Spain 
and Katie came over to Palm Beach for Thanksgiving. 
Jean Morris Stevenson and Don win the "travelers 
award": ID and MT for fly fishing, their ranch in TX, 
Bermuda, CO, Italy and their mountain retreat in NC ... 
I had a case of jealousy/jet lag reading her card. Bar- 
bara Murphy Hale is busy as Exec. Directorof the YWCA 
in Annapolis and as a new grandparent. Visits with family 
in El Paso, Chicago and St. Petersburg and sorties on 
Phil's new sailboat provide ample travel. Ginger 
Newman Blanchard and Bob are in contention for the 
"traveler award". '97 destinations were Mexico, Chades- 
ton. Savannah, Bermuda and the Canadian Rockies and 
National Parks - and '98 began with Australia and New 
Zealand. When not on the road. Ginger is busy with 
tennis, golf, the Historical Society and Garden Club, all 
the while maintaining their beautiful farm. 

I enjoyed a visit with Charity Paul when she visited 
DC to perform with the NY Festival Chorus. Charity 
maintains a busy practice in psychotherapy. Ellen Pringle 
Read and Mayo are busy with their travel agency and 
the travel opportunities it affords, and love their new 
home on Marsh 30 outside Charleston. They enjoy vis- 
its from their two sons and three grandsons, and see 
Louise Jenkins Maybank and David often. A first grand- 
child v\'as born to Anne Rienecke Clarke. Anne 
continues her work in market research and has an Ama- 
zon cruise and visit to Machu Pichu planned for 3/98. 

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She and Gwen Speel Kaplan live only 1 1/2 mi. apart 
and they and their famil ies see a lot of each other. Eliza- 
beth (B.) Schwab and Don report from St. Louis that 
their Rhodesian Ridgeback has been in the top 10 the 
last two years - and they also can boast an adorable 
grandson, their first grandchild! Linda Sims Grady has 
seen France, Turkey and Greece in '97 as well as wel- 
coming a new granddaughter in Nov. She teaches in 
Atlanta during the week and relaxes on Lake Keowee in 
SC on the weekends 

Ann Smith Bretscher plans a Sept. retirement and 
will then learn to fly the 4-seater Velocity plane her 
husband has built and spend more time with their grand- 
children. Sue Styer Ericksen still owns a farm, boards 
horses and teaches and coaches at shows. She skied 
with Bessie Bulkley Bradley ('61 ) in lackson Hole and 
Crested Butte and plans a 2/98 trip to Austna. Much of 
'97 saw Jane Tatman Walker travelling within the US to 
visit family members. A business conference in Atlanta 
enabled her to see Nina Wilkerson Bugg, Ann Crowell 
Lemmon and Barba Bowen Moore. Though the winter 
months are spent on a golf course near Sarasota, Jane 
laments the lack of improvement in her game. Becky 
TowillMcNair writes: "The house building goes on. Our 
youngest keeps us occupied with wedding plans. Two 
brand new granddaughters take up the rest of the time. 
Going to play baby nurse in Germany will certainly test 
my skills." 

Tests at the Mayo Clinic revealed a disorder Sally 
Underbill Viaulf has suffered, undiagnosed, since her 
teens. Then, treated and healthy after 6 1 12 months, she 
enjoyed a visit to DC to see a close friend sworn in as 
Ambassador to the Court of St. lames. Isabel Ware Burch 
and Bob love life at the Episcopal Seminary m Alexan- 
dria, VA. They travel to see children and an ever-growing 
number of grandchildren all over the US. Heidi Wood 
Huddleston commutes from Bowling Green, KY to 
Nashville, where she's with a company providing a 
continuum of care for seniors. She writes with pride of 
husband, |oe's, judicial accomplishments and daugh- 
ter, Kristina's, earning of her law degree ... the fourteenth 
Huddleston to do so! 

George and I continue in our framing, lobbying and 
stage pursuits and love seeing classmates from time to 
time. We travel often to visit our children and grand- 
child. More often, we visit fragile parents in NC and 
NH. Our love to all of you - Beam. 



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President: Suzanne Seaman 
Berry, Secretary: Elizabeth 
Hutchins Sharland, Fund 
Agents: Faith Bullis Sebring, 
Margaret Wadman Cafasso 
Grand to hear from all, and what an assortment of 
projects and activities! My predecessor, Simone Aubry, 
offered good advice, and sent 2 articles of interest. The 
first was another tribute to Molly Haskell, who, for 
Modem Maturity's issue on film stars over 50, observed 
that "movie goers are voting down the retirement of 
stars in their 40s and 50s." Of course, we pre-Boomers 
like seeing films about people like us, who have a lot to 
offer. The second article, from People, featured "plus 
model" Emme. Emme and her plus model brother are 
the chi Idren of Sally Owens Entwistle, who died of can- 
cer in 1979. Simone has spent time in the hospital, 
fought off "staph" infections, and is swimming in her 



new lap pool again. She assures us she will be well 
eventually, and is in "great" shape emotionally and spiri- 
tually. She keeps up with Molly Pickering Grose, who 
works for the preparatory school she attended in NYC. 
Patti Anderson Warren visited Simone and her cats, then 
Ginger Lutz Stephen in Spartanburg, then Celia Will- 
iams Dunn in Savannah. Her more regular travel is to 
her and Robert's weekend home near Lake Tahoe, for 
snow or water skiing. Their grandson Aiden is 4 days 
younger than Ginger's granddaughter Lauren. Sara 
Finnegan Lycett continues to work with the College's 
Board of Directors on the strategic plan and the cam- 
pus master plan for Sweet Briar's next 100 years. On 
her way to and from Sweet Briar, she spends time as a 
decent at the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore and sees 
her 7 grandchildren. She was in London last spring. Also 
spendmg time at Sweet Briar was Catherine Caldwell 
Cabaniss, who spent April at the VCCA, rejoicing both 
in uninterrupted time to work and the fellowship with 
visual artists, writers and musicians from across the Slates 
as well as abroad. Susan Cone Scott's moved to a new 
house, one block from the one she sold last Dec. She 
continues teaching at the VA School of Massage, and 
has added a couple of classes at UVA Medical School. 
She visited son Frederic in Texas and "hangs out late" 
to hear daughter Alexandra sing. Susie Prichard Pace 
and George stay plenty busy with their grandchildren, 
the youngest of whom is "a little gorilla." Mary Denny 
Scott Wray and Michael live outside Santa Barbara, CA, 
and are "all over the place, enjoying children, grand- 
children and projects." She's in VA to work at Poplar 
Forest. Judy Greer Schultz works with Mary Denny, and 
also helps in development for the VCCA. She's an ex- 
cited new grandma. )udith Harris Cutting and Tom had 
short-term work in both Chicago and Raleigh, and travel 
to Madison, Wl to see their only grandson, and to Dal- 
las to visit their daughter Heather. Now that Tom's a 
retired Presbyterian minister, they're discovering week- 
ends and late Saturday nights! Up the pike, Willia Fales 
Eckerberg is never bored in Washington, where she's a 
realtor and enjoys seeing lots of Rue Wallace )udd. Last 
year she spent 10 days in Tuscany, concentrating on 
porcini mushrooms and frescoes. Her eldest son, John, 
married a lawyer in August in the Swedish archipelago — 
both work in Stockholm. Emily Whaley Whipple sent a 
photo of herself, now a resident of the Yeamans Hall 
Club near Charleston, SC, and Fee Fee Matthews 
Kinnicutt. They got together for golf when Fee Fee made 
it to the third round of match play in the USGA Senior 
Women's Amateur Championship at Miss Em's Club. 
Miss Em noted Fee Fee's athleticism, courage, good 
sportsmanship and stories about SBC. If you can catch 
her at home, Claiborne Smith Jones works with the As- 
sociates Board of the Institute for Research on Women 
and Gender at Stanford, does some acting, reading, and 
then plays tennis. She and her Dad, 92, cruised to Nor- 
way, and with her husband she visited Spain and New 
Zealand. Also in NZ last April was Anne Worboys Buske, 
visiting an exchange student from h.s. Anne and her 
husband visited their daughter Rachel, an exchange stu- 
dent at the U. of New South Wales too. Daughter Dana 
does grad work in chemistry at MIT. Lucinda Lowry 
Stein's still a Master Gardener at the Missouri Botanical 
Garden, but spends Mondays with first granddaughter 
Emma, and by now, possibly Tuesdays with daughter 
Leslie's new baby. She and Ron took a winter break in 
the Dominican Republic. Margaret Storey Wasson hap- 
pily retired 7/97 and now she and Ed can see more of 



his daughters, both in CO. Fran Brackenridge 
Neumann's idea of "retirement" is two part-time |obs, 
one as a Unitarian Church's director of outreach. She's 
trying her hand at poetry and gardening. She visited 
England and France in summer '97 and did some "leaf 
peeping" back east. In Tahlequah, OK, Barbara Stanford 
Mason has her oldest daughter, Ruth Anne, back from 
16 months of mission in the Philippines. Her youngest, 
Beth Louise, who was involved with school and local 
theatrical productions, is now in college. Barbara does 
some substitute teaching. Patti Amanda Birge Spivey 
moved to NYC, where her husband Bruce is president 
of Columbia Cornell Care. Patti hopes to run into SBC 
friends. Now for the overseas contingent. Suzanne Carr 
Fitzgerald has been in Guyana for 8 years, and doesn't 
see her children or 3 grandchildren enough. She "piddles 
in pottery", tries to teach it to friends, and "1 need a 
teacher!" Athenian Anne Semmes Stavropoulos returns 
yearly to the States to visit her San Antonio siblings and 
sons. Paulos (Denver) is a computer instructor and fa- 
ther of two. Pilot Alexis (San Francisco) and his fiancee 
had a "wonderful island wedding here last summer" 
and is a new father. Anne volunteers lots with thera- 
peutic riding. From Caen, France, Robin Wawro 
Bataillon continues as an interpreter with the Court of 
Appeals, while her husband has a consulting civil engi- 
neering firm. One son's a doctor, the other heads an 
American press (?) group there. Being a grandmother 
twice is "total bliss"; and she still golfs and thinks of 
SBC. It's been a month and a year since wedding bells 
rang out for Sally Hamilton Staub and Charlotte banker 
Tom Moore. Sally left Discovery Place, and they merged 
4 houses into 2, the 2"'' in the NC mountains. Tom con- 
tributed 2 Scotties, and Sally 2 children and 2 
grandchildren; they have "wonderful fun" together. Your 
secretary spent her 25"' anniversary taking minutes of 
the local civic group, assisted by husband Jean (fast talk- 
ers) and is now secretary of the Friends of Maryland 
Art. Let's all give thanks for each other, SBC, and all the 
talents and blessings recorded here. 

/> Q President: Betty Stanly Gates, 
v)C' Secretary: Katharine Blackford 

Collins, Fund Agent: Nancy 

Dixon Brown 

By the time this appears, many, I hope most, of us will 
have seen each other at reunion, and will have ex- 
changed a great deal more news. This edition comes to 
you from beautiful downtown Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico, 
where I am joining John on his Fall 1997 sabbatical. 
I'm enrolled in four classes in language, modern Mexi- 
can issues and literature. 

The Atlanta mini-reunion has established itself as 
an annual event, and now appears to have regional 
appeal. Joining the crew in spring 1997 was Penny 
Pamplin Reeves, who journeyed over from Greenville, 
and who has since moved to Lexington, KY, where she 
heads up fund-raising for the local library. Others were 
Sue Jones Cansler, who is still the project manager for a 
software development company, and enjoys the label 
of oldest and most senior staff member. She enjoyed a 
"girls' only" trip to England with her mother and sister. . 
Also in tow was Sarah Hitch Hill, whose book "Weav- 
ing New Wodds," about Southern Cherokee women and 
their basketry will be on sale when we get to reunion. 
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Dixon Brown also attended. Nancy writes that her old- 
est Is a freshman at Elon College in NC. As you may 
suspect, the reunion was orchestrated by Betty Stanly 
Gates, during her annual visit to Atlanta. Betty subse- 
quently attended Alumnae Council at SBC and then took 
oft tor two weeks in Paris and Provence. Prue Gay Stuhr 
congratulates Betty for her reunion recruitment efforts, 
and says she continues to be engaged teaching 6th grade 
social studies. Anne Carter Brothers has been named 
an "emerging woman artist" in TN and recently hung a 
one-woman show at Vanderbilt. Son Carter and |en have 
a second child and Carter practices tax law in Nash- 
ville. Son Cary took his first movie "Sparkler" to the 
Hamptons International Film Festival, and son Jay is vice- 
president of sales at a local travel agency. )ulia Arnold 
Morey reports the "same job at Historic Hudson Valley, 
same house, no new children's marriages, grandchil- 
dren or divorces." Ann Funkhouser Kurz is "on the road, 
teaching and peddling books and designs at trade 
shows." She and Bill visited her son Toby in Zurich, 
then traveled with them to St. Petersburg and Moscow, 
where daughter-in-law's Russian skills were handy. Son 
Jeff is a neighbor of mine, at language school in Guate- 
mala. Also not too far from me is McNair Currie 
Maxwell's daughter Ashley, who I ives with her husband 
Paco Pietsch, and daughter Avalon, in Mexico City. Paco 
sings with the rock group, Naranja Mecania. McNaIr 
and husband Bob visited art museums on the East Coast 
last summer, and wound up at the family home in Myrtle 
Beach, with children and grandchild. Judy Gutches 
Needham also has a Mexican connection, having re- 
cently purchased a time-share at Puerto Vallarta. She 
serves on the Ft. Worth School Board, with "many chal- 
lenges to helping educate youth." She also works 
part-time as a United Way fund-raiser and for Boys' and 
Girls' Clubs. She's recently traveled to Alaska, SF, and 
Australia and New Zealand, and to see her daughter 
who lives in W. Palm Beach. Tish Dace publishes a lot 
and teaches drama, literature, writing and reviewing in 
NYC, where she commutes from Cape Cod. She also 
spends time in London, where her older son and grand- 
sons live, lean Bailey is coordinator for grad. med. 
education at the U of So. Ala. Coll. of Med. She has 
four grown children in Mobile, Augusta, GA, andTexas. 
Ellis Beasley Long has completed her doctorate in Span- 
ish after 10 years' work. She's now teaching at Thos. 
Nelson Cty. Coll. in Hampton, VA, following 7 years 
teaching at Judson Coll. in her native state of Ala. Julia 
Fort Lowe and Bob recently returned from a trip to Tur- 
key and Greece. Their son Seth is finishing at U. of 
Memphis, and son Bob at Vanderbilt Med. School. 

Our retirees are having a grand time. Jane Goodrldge 
spent the winter of 96-97 in the Bahamas where they 
ran into |oyce Cooper, '61 . jane returned to MD for the 
summer and attended the US Open and Kemper Open, 
which inspired her to take golf lessons. She was last 
seen entering the Inter-coastal waterway. Carol Crowley 
Karm retired at the end of '94 as a commercial insur- 
ance broker and launched her new career as a 
watercolorist. Her two daughters are both married, one 
in Rye, NY, with 2 little girls, and the other in LA area. 
Her son, 26, lives in SF. Her husband is retiring soon 
and they are "looking for a good beach." Ann 
Knickerbocker McCulloch, in excellent Spanish, wrote 
that she has graduated from the Dallas Theological Semi- 
nary with a Masters in Biblical Studies. She pursues 
studies in Creek and teaches Bible classes with hus- 



band Bill, a judge, one of whose classes is conflict-reso- 
lution using Biblical principles. Hope I didn't lose 
anything in translation. Mary Lou Morton Sellheimer 
has moved to their "wonderful new house in Orange, 
VA," where they have lots of room for visitors. She's 
still very active in Garden Club of VA and other local 
organizations. Daughter Anne is in NYC at Sotheby's, 
and Charles is a senior at Middlebury, with an eye on 
Wall Street. Also having finally completed the big move 
is Allle Stemmons Simon - this time the office move. 
Her growing travel consulting business is only 6 blocks 
from home, 2 blocks from Heinz's office and she only 
gases the car once a month. Allie was on her way to 
visit Lee Kucewicz Parham in Lookout Mtn., who wants 
Allie to see her grandson "before he starts to walk and 
turns into a holy terror like his father was." 

Lyn Clark Pegg also became a grandmother when 
her dtr. Sarah and her husband adopted a baby from 
Bogota, Columbia. Lyn completed her Ed.D. in Human 
Resource Development from the Univ. of MN. She left 
her salaried job at Lutheran Social Service and went 
into private practice as a therapist, trainer, consultant 
and adjunct faculty at the Univ. of MN. What's more, 
Lyn completed a roller-blade marathon in Sept.-and had 
a good time! Betsy Beale is still on a farm in Goochland, 
VA, with various animals. She loves selling real estate- 
country estates, land, and the Richmond market too. 

Betsy Parker McColl is "still chugging on the tennis 
circuit and enjoying the competition." She and )im have 
traveled recently to Albuquerque and Tucson for a 
niece's wedding and a bank convention. Daughter Eliza, 
20 is a junior at Chapel Hill and loves it. Jane Yardley 
Amos did more than visit the Southwest. She and hus- 
band John moved to Santa Fe in Nov.'97 after John sold 
his nursery business. They will still spend about three 
months a year in WVA. Laura Lee Brown, who remar- 
ried last year, and went around the world the next day, 
has traveled since then to France and Canada. She and 
Steve are raising bison on a new farm and restoring 2 
period homes on the farm. Laura Lee still rides, paints 
and does photography. Leslie Buchanan Richardson still 
teaches Italian at Sewanee, and a non-departmental 
course on the History of Film. Oldest daughter is writ- 
ing a PhD thesis in classical philosophy at Princeton, 
the middle one is a production artist at McGraw-Hill, 
and the third is a junior at St. Andrews Sewanee School. 
Leslie saw Meta Bond Magevney at the wedding of 
Meta's son, who had been Leslie's student at Sewanee. 
Nancy McDowell is enjoying married life with Jerry 
Sazama, and w as looking forward to a visit from daugh- 
ter Kathy and granddaughter Allison. She also enjoys 
trips to Calif, to visit son Ted and grandson Josh. Nancy 
has a new office for her counseling practice, within 
walking distance of her home. Elizabeth Randolph Lewis 
reports the marriage of her youngest, and namesake, 
Elizabeth, last Oct. Her 6th grandchild was born the 
same month. Elizabeth and Jack were treated to a trip 
to France by their four children, spending one week in 
Angouleme, with friends who "treated us royally," a 
week in chateaux country, and a week in Paris. They 
had another exciting trip on the Rio Negro in Brazil, 
fishing every day, along with Betty Noland Caravati and 
Charlie, who planned the trip. 

Both our sons, and a girlfriend of one, plus my 
younger brother and his family, are joining us for Christ- 
mas in Xalapa. Then the dream is over and we're back 
to the real world. 



lA/^ /t President: Ginny deBuys, 
/ v^O I Secretary: Carrie Peyton 

Walicer, Fund Agent: Susie 

Glasgow Brown 
Peg Aurand, Carrie Walker and Wendy Wilkens recon- 
nected after 30 years when Peg moved to Los Altos, 
CA, to work for West Publishing. Peg has now moved 
on: she is the Senior Counsel who can "not only speak 
Spanish, but write it correctly" working with the Gen- 
eral Counsel for Latin America Pay TV, which supplies 
cable movie signals in Mexico and Central and S. 
America. Peg attended Grandma's 101" birthday in 
Houston in Feb. and her son's wedding in Madrid, Spain, 
in July. "I am a grandmother," writes Jane Bradley 
Wheeler. "Bradley and Scott have a 2-yr. old daughter, 
Molly, and live in LA, where Scott has a post-doc at 
UCLA. John is still with Salomon Brothers in London 
and Molly is a paralegal in NYC." Christie Calder 
Salomon's daughter Evanne was married in Newport, 
Rl, 9/20 to Edward Gargiolo, and son David and wife 
Kim gave birth to first grandchild, Wilson Salomon, 10/ 
2 Sheila Carroll Cooprider, in her fourth year as Rector 
at St. Gabriel's Episcopal, "loves her work and her 
people." She and Chuck went to southern England and 
the Caribbean and loved it. Nelie Clarke Tucker writes, 
"Nelia (Cornelia 2nd) joined the National Geographic 
in DC as an artist for their Web site." 
(www.nationalgeographic.com) Nelie and Dave are the 
proud grandparents of Cornelia 3rd. Nelie is active in 
her health related businesses, Shaklee and Noni. Ginny 
deBuys is "on the road to making a job change." She 
hopes to avoid her daily commute to NYC. She writes, 
"I am persevering body and mind and seeking more 
leisure time." V. M. Del Greco Galgano's son Robert 
Christopher, a UVa grad who received a master's de- 
gree in history from W & M and is now a doctoral 
candidate there, will be married 9/19 to Kimberly Sue 
Meyers, a Dartmouth grad and a second year med stu- 
dent at UVa. Doots Duer Leach Colen's daughter 
Jennifer, "my lawyer, continues to work for a represen- 
tative in the House in Washington. Ambler is with a 
major architectural firm in Philadelphia. Joe's business 
is blossoming, and the construction industry keeps me 
busy as well. Carol Eckman Taylor had her 25* work 
anniversary at Mays and Valentine doing trust and es- 
tate work. Retirement for husband, David, who is "taking 
care of the family plantation where we live, thank good- 
ness. Only child Benjamin married Emily Chennell 
9/97." 

Grace Mary Garry Oates's husband, Wally, was 
feted at a special dinner at Arnaud's in New Orleans at 
the annual meeting of the AEA. They had a June trip to 
Italy and Austria, but no trip to Stanford, where I would 
have a chance to see them, "because Nora and Fred 
have visited us." Grace Mary and Wally share a set of 
Orioles tickets with Adrienne Ash, whom they see regu- 
larly. Nancy Gillies is "still nursing, working with student 
housing, and busy with sports and church." Susie 
Glasgow Brown writes, "I'm to be a grandmother in 
early March! Can't retire from selling real estate yet 
because my daughter is my business partner!" Mary 
Green Borg says, "Lots of passages — marriage of oldest 
son, Evan, to a terrific woman, Susie. Graduation from 
college of third son, Owen. And driver's license for fifth 
son, William — ending my 29 year career of chauffeur- 
ing." She had lunch with Anne Day and a good hike in 
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Richmond as Director of Communications for Signet 
Bank. "It was acquired subsequently by First Union Bank 
and my job vaporized. Mike and I have a weekend 
marriage. How '90s of us." Nancy Hall Green spent 3 
months last year at her house in France and another 3 
months in New York, where husband Holcombe's busi- 
ness is increasingly concentrated. Both children are in 
NYC, Holcombe III with Merrill-Lynch and Frank just 
out of NYU. Frances Hanahan is still in NYC selling 
residential real estate. Diane Hatch says that teaching 
the new classical civ. course, cum slides, was fun. She 
is saving up to visit Turkey and to that end is teaching a 
summer school class in mythology "1997 was a great 
year," writes Heidi Haug White. Genie Johnson Sigler 
and Bill spent their 30"^ anniversary in Maui and Lanai, 
HI. Daughter Beth is a CPA. Genie loves being "at home 
for the first time in years." Vera LcCraw Carvaillo con- 
tinues to work part-time in financial management, 
daughter Patricia is still happily teaching in the English 
Montessori School, where 5 year old Alexis studies, and 
son lean-Phillipe studies finance at the U. of Paris. Vera 
enjoyed the game parks in S. Africa. Barbara Little 
Chul<o's daughter, Katherine, and son Wayne, both re- 
cently married, are busy — she as a marketing 
coordinator for Wyeth-Ayerst in Philadelphia and he at 
Lincoln Electric in Nashville. Barbara is very involved 
with mental health organizations. She also got her in- 
surance license and "continues to do house portraits 
when asked." Nancy Lynah Hood is busy with lottery 
advice work and two big departmental projects — new 
record office and developing Oxford Prison and Castle 
into a Heritage Complex." Tuck Mattern Harvey still 
teaches and "also directs the University's Honors Pro- 
gram. But the real joy is 2 grandchildren," grandson 
Tucker, 1 7 mos., and granddaughter Mattern, 8 weeks." 
Scottie Newell Lennon volunteers at church and hospi- 
tal, "sings with our touring choir, in concerts around 
Long Island, Europe, and Canada," and plays golf. Scottie 
and her husband. Rich, visit their home at Hilton Head 
often and her 89 yr-old mother. Children Laura, Rich- 
ard, and Allison are well. DottieNorrisSchipper writes: 
"Ian, my husband, became an American citizen 12/16 
after 60 (!) years as a Dutchman. And we have our first 
grandchild, a girl! after all these boys in my life." "Had 
a wonderful time," says Lynda Overly Levengood, "at 
Dottie Norris Schipper's son's wedding in 
Charlottesville. He married our favorite Lancaster sitter 
and 'adopted' daughter." Lynda's daughter, Lara, gradu- 
ates from St. Andrew's and will attend Davidson. Tina 
Patterson Murray writes, "We celebrated Daddy's 80"' 
birthday, and he and Mother still enjoy ballroom danc- 
ing together. I hope that it's in the genes." Tina loves 
teaching full-time at John Jay College of Criminal jus- 
tice. She and daughter Renee are both in the Ph.D. 
program at Fordham. Leezee Scott Porter Nitze's furni- 
ture and antiques business "is still great" at age 24. "I 
am a Granny, yes! thanks to the birth of Ella. Paul will 
be 91 this month and is fabulous." Ann Sims Fauber 
and her husband love being retired. As the grandpar- 
ents of seven, "we're babysitting a lot for those in 
Lynchburg, and traveling to see the others." Ann had a 
great visit with Judy Evans who was in our SBC class for 
two years; Judy teaches in a Montessori school in Maui. 
Nina Sledge Burke is president of Stratford Hall Planta- 
tion, Robert E. Lee's birthplace in Westmoreland County, 
VA. Like Mt. Vernon, Stratford is owned and run by an 
all-female board representing each state. Nina still calls 
Atlanta home, but spends time in NC and SC also. "I'm 



leaving for the Galapagos almost as I write this," re- 
ports Lynne Smith Crow. "Still working hard so I need 
this vacation." Dagi Stoll Murphy works for General 
Mills in Sales. Son Peter is singing opera in Des Moines, 
lA; daughter Kristin is working in Washington, DC. Dona 
Van Arsdale Jones writes, "Emily is a sophomore at 
Brown, and Tim is in 9* grade. Carlton and I celebrated 
our 25* anniversary in Aug. in Bermuda and our 55* 
birthdays in Sept. Wish it were the other way around!" 
Angle Whaley LeClercq continues as Director of the 
Citadel's Daniel Library in Charleston, SC. Husband Fred 
has retired from teaching law. Son Ben practices law in 
Charleston and son Kershaw is a jr. at the U. of Colo- 
rado in Boulder. Lynn Youngs Johnston, sold her 
Charleston house and returned to New England, an 
hour's drive from Albany "where I lived for 18 years 
and have lots of friends." Lynn spends her summers on 
Lake George, travels a lot ("Tuscany, my absolute favor- 
ite"), and is "thrilled" with her "new Franco-American 
grandson," born in Oct. 

Your faithful correspondent, Carrie Peyton Walker, 

has wonderful work — as an English professor for the U. 
of California, Berkeley, in the fall, for UC Santa Cruz in 
the spring, and as a consultant to engineers and com- 
puter scientists in Silicon Valley. Rick and I have great 
friends and particularly enjoy their children. And we 
always travel: Spain and Morocco last year and the 
Caribbean this year. 

Thanks to all of you for your cards. I enjoy each 
and every one! 

IQk/y C President: Sarah Porter 

/ v'Oc' Boehmler, Secretary pro tem 

and Fund Agent: Brenda 

MuhJinghaus Barger 
The class secretary is up to her eyebrows in azaleas and 
political acrimony. Here are the offerings which arrived 
in my agrarian mailbox. Yes, the Barger Farm is alive 
and well and will continue to prosper if you each dedi- 
cate yourself to eating BEEF every day! Kathleen Watson 
Taylor and Marshall are in Washington, NC, with chil- 
dren Carney 28 in his 2nd year of Residency at 
Vanderbilt, Anne 23 working in Asheville, and Selden 
20 pursuing civil engineering at VMI in the class of 2000 
(last all male class!). Linda Schwaab Hodges lives in 
Kinston, NC, as does her married daughter, Rebecca. 
Daughter, Samantha is teaching English in japan. Son, 
Marcus, is completing an internal medicine residency 
in Caspar, WY. Harriet Wall Martin's daughter. May 
Martin Bryan, is married and a student at UNC School 
of Law. Son, Grier, will marry Louise Porter in 11/98. 
Blair Both enjoys visiting with Harriet, Linda and agrar- 
ian Brenda for lunch and chocolate chip cookies! Judy 
Howe Behn fought her way through tax forms in time 
to write that Carrboro, NC, is still home and husbapc(,\ 
Bob, still teaches at Duke and takes his executive edu- 
cation for state government employees "on the road" to 
many states. Son, Mark, is working on a Ph.D. at MIT/ 
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Melinda 
Musgrove Chapman has FOUR grandchildren - 3 grand- 
daughters born in the last 2 years! Melinda is selling 
houses when not checking on youngest granddaughter 
who lives just 2 blocks from "Mema " in Birmingham, 
AL. In Augusta, CA, Laura Haskell Phinizy passed the 
state exam for her real estate license and planned wed- 
dings for two daughters: Laura married Keith lones and 



they live in Raleigh; Marion graduates from MCG Nurs- 
ing School and will marry Wesley Cash on St. Simon's 
Island this summer. Laura attended Aline Rex McEvoy's 
son. Clay's, wedding to Kimberly Olmstead SBC '92, in 
Mar. and looked forward to catching up on the Atlanta 
SBC '65 news from Margaret Feild Kresge, Gay Plowden 
Freeman, Libba Hanger Luther, and Elivra McMillan 
Tate. Aline has a photo of all SBC "connected" at the 
wedding. Come see it at Reunion 2000 in 2 short years! 
Aline "reuned" with Libba, Elvira, and Alice Mighell 
Foster at Sea Island and will gather there again for Libba's 
daughter, Christina's wedding in May. Memphis is home 
to Stephanie Eggleston Harrover who is celebrating 25 
years of marriage to well known architect in Memphis 
with a trip to San Miguel de Allende. Stephanie has 
worked as a free lance photographer and is learning 
about investments - in addition to grandmother duties 
for her son's new baby. Beverly Sharp Amberg's chil- 
dren are Rich, a sophomore at Harvard, who wrote and 
directed a play there, and Elizabeth, a Harvard grad 
now studying at Cambridge University and trying to 
write a first novel. From Shreveport, LA, Carol Ann 
Reifsnyder Rhoads reports her DNA Damage to Cell 
project will be presented in May in New Orleans at a 
national meeting, called Digestive Disease Week. Her 
husband. Bob, is Chairman of Biochemistry at the Medi- 
cal School. Son, Richard, is married and in med school 
at UMass. Daughter, Jennifer, a PA in Winston-Salem, 
made Carol Ann a grandma with the birth of son, 
Nathan. Youngest child, Ben, is at U. Colorado. Carol 
Ann and Bob have a new vacation home near Boulder. 
Welcome mat is out! News from abroad: lean Murray 
McDermid's SBC roommate, Anne English Wardwell 
and Ed, will visit jean in Scotland this summer. Mibs 
Sebring Raney and Bev spent Christmas in Guatemala 
City with Alice Perry Park and Bob. Mibs is a geriatric 
nurse practitioner in Houston with a married daughter 
and son soon to be married. After 2 years in Nimes, 
France, Bonnie Chapman McClure will commute to 
Paris to return to public relations sports sponsoring, in 
particular, the Louis Vuitton Cup (Challengers' Elimina- 
tion Series for the America's Cup) in Auckland, Australia! 
Bonnie's husband continues to work in Nimes; their 
daughter is moving to NYC, after 30 years in France, to 
try her luck in film production. 

Bea Toften Britton and Peter (MA) live on a farm 
growing hay and straw and operating a large composting 
business. Son, Nathan, lives in Santiago, Chile, and son, 
Eilloughby is a research assistant in Neuroscience at 
NIH in Baltimore. Bea graduates this Spring with a BFA 
from Montserrat College of Art, majoring in "realist" 
painting, and was elected to "Who's Who in Colleges 
and Universities". Sally Wright Hyde teaches pre-school 
in Wilmington, DE. Great preparation for being a grand- 
mother in August! Betsy Knode Newton found a 2 week 
trip to Nepal HARD work but worth the breath-taking 
scenery. A big change from the flatlands of Ft. Myers, 
FL. Payson leter Tilden has a new address in Troy Ml, 
(2955 Somerset Blvd, Apt 201 , 48084)) and works for a 
community action agency as head of weatherization 
services, energy education and affordable housing. Sons 
are Jamie (24), who is a rescue swimmer for the Navy, 
and Paul (20) who works in LA for Hydroflex (whose . 
underwater film equipment brought the world TITANIC.) 
Mag Salvesen (NYC) is chairperson of the Acquisitions 
Committee for the SBC Friends of Art and is lecturing 
on "The Sound of Sleat," an autobiography of her late 
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ot publ ications, Susie Strong McDonald asks if we saw 
3/28/98 NYT articles about Anne English Wardwell's 
contribution to Mongolian and Asian tapestry history. 
Susie is a grandma, teaches at a community college in 
Minneapolis, and pursues a PhD in Art History, while 
making her own paintings and prints! Babette Fraser 
Hale wrote of mixed feelings. Sadness over the death of 
her brother and happiness with her new business, 
Winedale Publishing, which had a regional bestseller 
for its first book. Home Spun by Leon Hale...yup, her 
husband's book but a successful publication. Look for 
VVP's Ordinary Paradise by Laura Furman. Babette and 
Leon are in Houston; son, Will, working for Saatchi and 
Saatchi Advertising in NYC. Sarah Porter Boehmler and 
Bill continue to live in NYC. Their twin daughters, Liz 
and lean, just graduated from Davidson College and 
youngest daughter, Alexis, begins at Davidson. Chris 
Kilcullen Thurlow (CT) devotes all her time to her En- 
glish-style garden business, "Quite Contrary Gardens." 
Travels took Chris and Steve to Hong Kong and China 
to visit daughter, Katie, a proprietary trader for Merrill 
Lynch there, and also to Cuba for Easter with a cultural 
exchange group. Their son, Mike, works for Dillon Reed, 
which was bought by Swiss Bank.. .keeping it in the fam- 
ily, Chris writes, since Steve is a director of the same! 
Navesink, N|, is Dana Wasson Paulus' new home with 
husband. Bob. (PO Box 803, 07752) Dana runs a micro 
advertising agency in Red Bank promoting "everything 
from software to condoms". Son, Bradford, will marry 
this fall. Younger son, Gregory, is in Denver, CO. Susan 
Hobbs Crowder and Herb are empty-nesters with one 
son at U VA and the other at Bates. They are selling their 
"big house" in the Philly area so Susan can work "harder 
on public sculpture commissions". 

West Coast news from Brooke Patterson Mahlstedt 
and Sally Rasco Thomas. They get together often for 
meals and movies. Brooke still works for United Air- 
lines and visited with Molly Poole Wolfe before a flight. 
Brooke's sons both plan to locate in CA. Genie Dickey 
Caldwell is "stumping" around San Francisco on 
crutches after hip replacement in April but hoping to 
make it to SBC Board meeting. Riverside, CA, Is home 
for Helena Papis Rangel whose daughter, Christine, is a 
member of SBC 2001. Christine spent lanuary in NYC 
with the Theater Workshop and met Wiggle McGregor 
Leon, Mimi Vogt Macht is in Hood River, OR, teaching 
German to American executives and engineers who are 
doing business with Germany. Beth Hunt writes from 
Eugene, OR, that her son is entering Stanford, and her 
daughter starts h.s. ("Yes, she's the one who was 7 at 
our 25th Reunion") Beth. Mimi Vogt Macht, Eileen 
Stroud Clark, and Mel Freeze Cota spent Easter '97 in 
Cancun and "still know how to have a good time to- 
gether." Sally McCrady Hubbard (Cortex, CO) works in 
marketing and membership departments of the Crow 
Canyon Archaeology Center, sings in the Mormon 
church choir, and takes opportunities to speak about 
HIV prevention. Ellie Crockett leffers (Colorado Springs) 
is back full-time as interior designer with a few side 
trips she organizes for museum lovers. She has 2 grand- 
children. Ellie saw Nicky Batterson Hall recently. Betsy 
Benoit Hoover is a psychotherapist in Denver and looks 
forward to her husband's relinquishing his job as Chair- 
man of the Dept. of Architecture at CU so they have 
more time to travel. E-mail addresses?? Send them to 
me at: webl 999@charweb.org. As your "ersatz" secre- 
tary, I'll compile a list (after herding the cows, slopping 



the hogs, writing checks for 3 in college and practicing 
my SBC "good taste and good judgment" as mother of 
the groom this summer) and have SBC send it along to 
each of you... 



L%7 



President: Judith Bcnsen Stigle, 
Secretary: Diane Dalton, Fund 
Agent: Sally Twedell Bagley 
It's hard to believe that our 30th reunion has come and 
gone. Our small but active group had a wonderful time 
reviewing the "Pooh Book" in a lounge in what used to 
be the storage attic in Carson, renewing friendships at 
the Bistro, and taking the elevator to our air conditioned 
rooms in Randolph. Special thanks toCretchen Buliard 
Barber and Maria Wiglesworth Hemmings for their work 
on reunion gifts, and secretary, |udl Bensen Stigle, for 
our class scrapbook. 

On her way to reunion, Jane Eastin Hager stopped 
in Washington to pick up Pat Neithold Hertzberg, Mellie 
Hickey Nelson. Lynn Frazier Gas and Marion MacRae. 

Pat continues to be busy with her business. Mellie was 
joined at reunion by her husband, Pat. After reunion, 
Lynn spent 3 weeks in France and then on to Telluride, 
CO for )uly. She's busy with gardening, tennis and lots 
of volunteer work. Susan Soriero Galbreath was in CT 
visiting friends before driving to reunion with Maria 
Wiglesworth Hemmings. Susan's older children, David 
and Alison, are married, and Jim is a h.s. senior A high- 
light of the reunion was an informal photo session with 
Linda Fite's husband. Herb Trimpe, and Pam Ford 
Kelley's husband, Brendan, taking group photos with 
everyone's cameras. Peggy Pittman Patterson returned 
with her daughter, Harriet, a Princeton student. 

Returning classmates from VA included Randy 
Brown and Hallie Darby Smith who roomed together; 
Karen Schwabenton Shipper who has moved back to 
VA from CO; and Beth Claser Morchower. Mary Sabra 
Gillespie Monroe's daughter, Alison, will marry Ben- 
jamin Alexander Goodman from Charlottesville 1 2/27/ 
97 at the Wren Chapel in Williamsburg. Daughter Anne 
is majoring in Women's Studies and Chemistry at 
UNCCH. Mary continues to teach biology in Richmond. 
Carroll Randolph Barr is Director of Development and 
Alumni Aftairs at Huguenot Academy while Mike is find- 
ing more time for golf now that his real-estate company 
has merged with another firm. Michael is 3rd year at 
Virginia, and Angus a h.s. junior. Carroll and Mike are 
looking forward to buying their own summer home in 
Michigan. Kim Waters Keriakos and Van visited her 
mother in Lynchburg while back for reunion. Van's 
youngest daughter was married in July, then Kim and 
Van enjoyed a wondert^ul vacation in CO. Kat Barnhardt 
Chase has been appointed Assistant Principal for grades 
6-1 2 at Holy Cross Regional School in addition to teach- 
ing duties which include a class with daughter Alison 
who continues to thrive on dance. Daughter Leslie is 
an aide in a day care center and preschool. Bob is busy 
teaching, implementing the computer network and serv- 
ing on committees at SBC. 

Lindsay Smith Newsom and Page Monroe Renger 

came up from NC. We all send our condolences to Page 
whose husband, John, passed away in September. Janie 
Wlllingham McNabb loves retirement from the dress 
shop, her grandchildren, gardening and teaching a 
young mother's class at church. 



Mary Gary Ambler's daughter, Jaqueline spent the 
summer studying Spanish in Mexico. She attends the 
Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, CT where 
Mary Gary teaches. John is in his second year at UVA. 
Mary Gary has completed her third masters degree and 
is looking for a new adventure. Carole Munn came from 
Miami where she works for TWA. The long distance 
award went to Cinny Stanley Douglas who was in from 
Sacramento, CA. Ginny visited Ellie Spivey Decker at 
the eastern shore of MD, and spent August in England 
with the choir from Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento. 

Cracey Stoddard, Judi Bensen Stigle and Bonnie 
Blew Pierie arrived together. In June, Bonnie's daugh- 
ter, Elizabeth, married Tod Masterman in an elegant 
setting under tents by the horse pasture with Elizabeth's 
pony. The wedding was attended by Gracey, Judi and 
Randy Brown. In August, Bonnie organized a mini-re- 
union with ludi, Stella Mae Renchard Seamans and 
Ginny Young Phillips at the Eastern Yacht Club in 
Marblehead MA. 

Peggy Minis Trethewey and Ina Brown Bond had 

their own reunion in San Francisco where Ina's daugh- 
ter, Sara, is training to be a chef. Ina still breeds 
thoroughbred horses and will visit Vicki Chainski Ver- 
ity '66. Peggy spent a week ocean kayaking the north 
coast of Holokai with 5 women and 2 guides. They were 
briefly escorted by a 1 5 foot tiger shark. Another mini- 
reunion included Susan Tucker, Diane Mann Lankford, 
Melissa Sanders Thomas, Kay Trogdon Hightower and 
Lindee Henderson Lucas in Atlanta. Diane writes that 
she is doing a traditional neighborhood development 
in Madison, Ca. Her son, Frank, is still with the NY 
Yankees, and daughter Catherine has graduated and is 
job searching. Diane reports that Lindee traveled to In- 
donesia. Susan writes that she serves on the boards of 
the Blerancourt Museum and Friends of Vieilles Maisons 
Francaises whose 15th anniversary gala she plans to 
attend at the Palace of Versailles. She will return to 
Mexico for Christmas. Cina Dunlap Cogswell's oldest 
daughter, Alden, married Travis Rice of Poquson, VA. 
Travis roomed with both Richard Young, Margaret Mapp 
Young's oldest son and Mapp, her youngest son. Mar- 
garet and Dick attended the Atlanta wedding. Both sons 
were groomsmen, and Mapp escorted Cina down the 
aisle. Gene King Leyden had a great time talking about 
SBC with alums, Anne Green Gilbert and Ella Magruder 
in Finland at the dance and the child international con- 
ference. Gene does creative dance work with children. 

Dolly Caballero Garcia's daughter, Dolly (SBC'90), 
had her first son. Dolly enjoys being a grandparent and 
involvement with the opera, tennis and the pro-state- 
hood party. Over the summer she visited the southwest. 
Stephanie Ewalt Coleman was sorry to miss the reunion, 
but physical therapy for back surgery kept her home. In 
'98 her oldest son, Lee, is getting married, middle son, 
Cameron, will graduate from James Madison Univer- 
sity, and Brandon will start driving. Margy Dortch 
Brooks is still in real estate enjoying selling first houses 
to young couple.s. Daughter Virginia has returned to 
Nashville for graduate school at Vanderbilt while Will 
is a senior at U of Ga. Margy likes seeing SBC friends 
visiting their children at Vanderbilt. Jane Stephenson 
Wilson continues to teach h.s. Latin in Greenville, SC. 
She hopes to retire before our next reunion so she will 
be able to attend the 35th. Barbie Tillman Kelley says 
although she has no new news, she's not bored or bor- 
ing. Dave, 23, is at UAB, Darcy, 21 is attending 



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Birmingham Southern, and Trey is a h.s. sophomore. 
Barbie is in her 20th year of taking art from the museum 
to grades 3, 4, and 5 and loving it. Eleanor and Jim 
Crossley excited to be spending a year in Zimbabwe 
volunteering for the Methodist Church. Toni Naren 
Gates creates theatrical experiences for young children 
and their parents by involving them in the creative pro- 
cess. Creativity runs in the family vi'ifh her daughter 
studying classical theater at Tisch, NYU and her teen- 
age son who is into art, music and videos. Susan 
Sumners Alloway writes that her congregation had SRO 
crowds for their performances ofCodspell. Susan's four 
sons and husband are all well, and life is good. Vicky 
Baker spent 5 weeks at the East-West Center in Hawaii 
studying Southeast Asian cultures with an NEH grant 
and then on to Indonesia for 3 weeks of research. Vicky 
will use her new book, A Sinhalese Village in Sri Lanka: 
Coping with Uncertainty, for her Intro to Anthropology 
course at Eckerd College. Glory McRae Bowen had a 
fantastic time on the SBC Alumnae sponsored trip to 
Russia. Daughter Glo will graduate from Pitzer this year. 
Both sons are in h.s. honors classes, and Hardy won an 
acting award as the Emcee in Cabaret. Judy Hay Speary 
and Bill sailed their 42-foot boat across the Atlantic stop- 
ping in Bermuda and the Azores and arriving in Portugal 
in July '97. In spring '98 they head to the Mediterra- 
nean and return to the Caribbean in December. 
Daughter Bonnie Speary Devote is an editor in 
Caithersburg, MD, and son Bill, recently married, sells 
insurance and mutual funds in Pittsburgh. Judith Powell 
Martin and Harry are luxuriating in the empty nest syn- 
drome since Sept. when their youngest went to 
Dickinson College. Their oldest son is a 2nd year medi- 
cal student at Harvard. Middle son, Walter is a rock 
musician with the Jonathan Fire*Eater band. They've 
signed with Dreamworks and are scheduled to appear 
on David Letterman. Hallam Hurt, chairman of neona- 
tology at Albert Einstein Medical Center was written up 
in the Washington Post for their study tracking the de- 
velopment of babies exposed to cocaine in the womb. 

I am amazed that I still earn a living working in 
professional theater as General Manager of Milwaukee 
Rep. Serving on the SBC Alumnae Board has been very 
rewarding. I loved hearing from everyone and look for- 
ward to more news! 

^ (y President: Anne Percy Clark 
Gwinn, Secretary: Lynne 
Gardner Detmer, Fund Agent: 
Cecila Bryant 

Thanks to all who responded to my question, "Assum- 
ing you have lived the first half of your life, what do 
you want to do with the second half?" Condensed an- 
swers are included here; complete answers in a mailing 
before reunion. 

Martha Bennett Pritchetl started her own realty 
company in the Raleigh-Durham area. She will "buy, 
sell, rent or build" commercial or residential proper- 
ties. Barbara Baur Dunlap and Charlie dream of 
unrestricted schedules, travel, and book writing, and of 
"someday having a Dunlap wedding (of one of 5 chil- 
dren) before I need a walker to get down the aisle!" 
Ann Biggs Jackson and Cary are selling their farm in PA 
and moving to another farm in MD to be closer to Cary's 
family and business. She volunteers at Ladew Topiary 
Gardens, and wants to find more time for them, and for 
drawing, traveling, reading, riding, tennis, gardening... 



Gene Bilbro Kennedy is a licensed Massage Therapist, 
working retail as well, and still very involved with riding. 
She competes with her Thoroughbred regularly and, with 
the exception of summer, loves living in Jacksonville, 
FL! 

Lesley BIssell Hoopes continues her work with the 
Metropolitan Museum, and finished the renovation of 
the NYC apartment. Bud has been sailing a lot on his 
new 75' boat. Cecilia Bryant's second SO year goal is to 
"live long and prosper", a la Spock. Kate Buster won 
her age group in the Women's Division of "America's 
Uphill", a 3000 foot ascent on snowshoes to the top of 
Aspen Mountain. After 8 years, she finished climbing 
all of the 54 "fourteeners" in CO. Kate continues as a 
hiking and snowshoe guide in Aspen as well as a tutor 
for young children and a property manager. Elizabeth 
Cadwalader reports that life is calm and good. Suzanne 
Edinger Boas and Rob celebrated Christmas in Santiago, 
Chile and New Year's in Bariloche, Argentina during a 
fabulous trip to visit Taylor, who is studying at Stanford's 
campus in Santiago during his jr. year. They regret miss- 
ing reunion, but both Heidi and the Bosnian student 
living with them are graduating that weekend from dif- 
ferent high schools. Suzanne continues her work at 
Consumer Credit Counseling Service and on various 
non-profit boards. 

Your "trusty" class secretary, Lynne Gardner Detmer, 
has seen or talked with many of you this year Lesley 
Bissell Hoopes joined her for an afternoon at the Met- 
ropolitan Opera. Vicky Pitts Hildreth, Penny Oliver 
Hawkins, and Judy Harbottle Maselli and Lynne had 
dinner together in Golden, CO last summer. Anne Kinsey 
Dinan, Mary Mathews and Lynne had dinner in New 
York. Lynne feels honored to have been chosen to sing 
with an exciting professional chamber music group of 
six (3 men and 3 women) on the Peninsula in VA. They 
present many full length concerts, mostly for Colonial 
Williamsburg. Libby Harvey is CEO of ALPHA Labs, a 
premier US lab for analysis of medicinal plants and 
herbs. She reports a happy personal life, with a won- 
derful man. They are planning a trip to HI. Martha Hilton 
Nolen has an "exciting and fulfilling life" as an active 
Christian. She has enjoyed raising their 3 sons. Anne 
Hinshaw Vanderweil, among all her other activities, will 
represent her Garden Club at the annual meeting held 
this year in Williamsburg, VA. Barbara Johnson Prickett 
serves on the boards of the American Cancer Society, 
Cerebral Palsy, and the Atlanta Botanical Garden. She 
does a lot of fundraising for various organizations, in- 
cluding Sweet Briar. Frances Kirven Morse can now be 
called Dr. Frances. She completed her doctorate in Edu- 
cation from Harvard in '96. She is looking for a 
technology-related faculty position in a School of Edu- 
cation. Meanwhile she is teaching and consulting. 
Newly single, Suzanne Little works for a small CPA firm 
in Houston and takes accounting classes at night. Her 
friends, "including Lorna Allen Sorley, have been won- 
derful." She enjoys yoga too. 

Kathy Obenchain Glass teaches middle school 
math. She was in the antique business for about 2 years, 
and still likes to collect and sell items. Penny Oliver 
Hawkins still lives in Evergreen, CO, and works for US 
Bank. The family is building a log house near 
Yellowstone Park for summer and skiing vacations. 
Jeannie Preston Jacobs likes that they are traveling more 
each year. Stephen lectures on his new surgical break- 
through and she is learning languages. They visited 



France in '96, Scotland in '97, and may be in Lebanon 
during our reunion. She continues to sing with the Balti- 
more Symphony. Emmy Savage has moved to Sherwood 
Forest, MD, and looks forward to reunion. Julie Seibels 
Northup is moving back to Atlanta. She wants to make 
a difference in her new career as a lawyer, and redis- 
cover the joys of extended family and old friends. 

Anne Stupp McAlpin was driving home one day 
and heard Suzanne Edinger Boas on national radio. She 
reports that Kathy Israel is happy in Springfield, MO; 
and Jackie Israel is a teacher in Hot Springs, AR. Amy 
Thompson McCandless, a renowned historian, feels 
"truly lucky to be doing what I love (and in the same 
institution and department as my husband). Her long- 
term project, a book on women's higher education in 
the 20th-century South, will be published this year. She 
will again take students to England for a course on 
Shakespeare's England. Carol Vontz Miller intends to 
spend the second half of her life showing gratitude for 
her blessings so far. She wants to use her knowledge to 
help where needed, and "worry" less, because "it re- 
ally doesn't help at all!" Jane Weihman Block will be 
"happy to keep doing what I'm doing now — painting 
portraits, working with charities and church related 
groups, and having fun with friends and family." She 
wants to spend more time in Turkey. Connie Williams 
deBordenave has a successful and very rewarding jew- 
elry design business. She saw Pembroke Reed Hoffmier 
and Lynne Gardner Detmer when she and Tad were in 
Williamsburg doing a show. Tad has been traveling for 
the Anglican Frontier Mission in Asia, North Africa and 
the Middle East. Connie went with him to Nepal. She 
wants to keep learning and working, so that she "doesn't 
turn into a carrot." Cecilia Williamson Grinstead and 
Andy "remain young at heart." She still loves to read, 
play tennis, travel, talk, and laugh. Marshalyn Yeargin- 
Allsopp continues at the CDC in Atlanta doing research 
in developmental disorders of childhood. 

/OT/ President: Jacque Penny, 
/ v / / Secretary: Caroline Turtle 

Murray, Fund Agent: Camilla 

Crocker Wodehouse 
To my surprise, doing the class notes is actually fun! I'm 
the first with the scoop. Unfortunately, though, we now 
have a word limit so I can't tell everything. Please for- 
give me. 

Frances Barnes Kennamer (Montgomery, AL) works 
in public health and recently chaperoned 11 dancers to 
Paris for 2 weeks. Kay Brown Grala (NYC) is now with 
Greenpoint Bank. Two of her 3 children are taller than 
she is. She will run her seventh marathon in NYC in 
November. Carter Burns Cunningham (DC) has been 
Executive Director of Blair House, the President's guest 
house-, .for 6 years. Husband David is an investment 
manager. Maisie, 15, is a soph, at Episcopal and Lolly, 
10, is a veteran Camp Merrie-Woode girl. Jeannette 
Bush Miller (Montclair, NJ) was in France this summer 
with her two girls, 9 and 1 3. They enjoyed the bullfight 
in Aries. Betty Duson reports she is "alive and well" in 
Houston, TX. Michela English's (DC) family has moved 
into a new house they built. She is still working at the 
Discovery Channel. Kathy Garcia Pegues (Warrenton, 
VA) is the new president of the SB Alumnae Association 
and would love for others in our class to become in- 
volved. She took her CAT students to England this 



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summer. Husband John is a h.s. administrator. Daugh- 
ter Emily is a soph, at SBC (an RA and on the hockey 
team). Son Adam is a h.s. junior and sports writer for 
the local paper. Elizabeth Classman (Santa Fe, NM) has 
recently moved. Barbie Gracey Backer (Delray Beach, 
FL) does the "normal mom things" with lohn, 1 2, David, 
1 0, and Katie, 8, She works part-time with husband Ron 
in their insurance agency and volunteers at church. The 
summers are spent in Beech Mtn., NC. Lendon Gray 
(Bedford, NY) has bought her first house. Her life con- 
tinues to revolve around Dressage horses. She will be 
doing several exhibitions at the next Olympics. Susan 
Greenwald (Hoboken, NJ) uses the internet to keep up 
with SBC friends. She leaves for Tuscany in October. 
Honey Hammer (Cincinnati, OH) is Director of Mar- 
keting at Miami Systems Corp. She still rides - teaching 
and judging on weekends and evenings. Anne Helms 
Cooper (Lynchburg, VA) teaches third grade. Her son 
finished his masters in accounting from Wake Forest 
and got married the same week. Daughter Daisy is a 
senior at NC State in sociology. Alison )ones (Santa Bar- 
bara, CA) is pursuing her photographic studies of 
wildlife, other cultures, and non-governmental organi- 
zation efforts in developing nations. She has traveled 
this past year to the Anasazi ruins, Nicaragua, El Salva- 
dor, Kenya, Tanzania, Guatemala, and taken a drive 
across the USA. Carolyn Jones Walthall (Mobile, AL) is 
the Administrator of Youth Leadership where she ex- 
poses h.s. students to leadership and volunteer 
opportunities. Julian is pastor of Central Presbyterian 
and is a novice fly fisherman. Son David is a happy 
senior at Dartmouth and son Claiborne a busy h.s. se- 
nior. Dog Rascal "keeps wagging his tail." Melissa 
McDowell Stevens (Versailles, FR), husband Shelby, and 
their children spent 3 years in Australia where Shelby 
was the US Army attache. He is now attached to the US 
Embassy and the Ecole Militaire. Son Brian is at 
Hampden-Sydney (junior). Sean, Kevin, and Ashley are 
at the American School in Paris. Lynne Manov Sprlnsky 
(Montoursville, PA) is still involved with Mary Kay and 
is president of the "Volunteer Queens of North America." 
She reports husband Bill, son Matt (1 7), the dog and the 
horse are all getting older. She is lay director-elect for 
the Episcopalians in Central PA, has a new newsletter 
for dressage enthusiasts and has retired from SBC's Alum- 
nae Board. Sherrill Marks Byrd (Charleston, MOl has 
been traveling to Monteagle, Highlands, Grand Cay- 
man, and Nashville. She's giving golf a second try. 
Maggie Mather Feldmeier (Manlius, NY) will soon re- 
live her lunior Year In Paris when she goes to visit 
daughter Kate, a Davidson student with the Columbia 
program. Her other daughter is a junior at the Taft 
School. She and Jake have a new lake cottage. Anne 
Milbank Meil (Summit, NJ), husband John, 1 1 th grader 
John and 8th grader Caitlin are going to London to visit 
daughter Meredith, a Bucknell student. Spring will find 
them reinvolved in lacrosse. Jill Minnema Worth 
(Ridgewood, NJ) thinks her longevity in dealing with an 
all volunteer teaching staff and bunches of kids as 
Church School Director of First Presbyterian Church is 
due to never having children of her own. Her stepdaugh- 
ter has had a beautiful baby girl, though. Husband Larry 
is Village Manager. Laura Mink Gardner's (Roanoke, 
VA) husband Martin has become a full-time Anglican 
priest with a part-time clinical psychology practice. With 
the children in school full time, she's looking for part- 
time work and is singing with the local choral society. 
She misses DC but says southern VA has its assets! 



Wendy Norton Brown (Richmond, VA) had a short first 
"empty nest" year because 3 weeks after Chris went to 
James Madison U. (freshman) and David to Randolph- 
Macon (senior) David arrived back home, temporarily, 
with a seriously broken leg (he's captain of the soccer 
teaml. Mary Frances Oakey Aiken (Roanoke, VA) is back 
from Australia and working in the family design busi- 
ness and at Barnes & Noble. Husband John has retired 
from IBM and is working as an outsourcing consultant. 
SonTevisisa senior at UVA, daughter Claiborne a soph, 
at VA Tech and daughter Courtney in 8th grade. We've 
had the pleasure of hearing from Susan O'Malley (Se- 
attle, WAl for the first time. She graduated from 
Washington U and has practiced physical therapy for 
26 years. She received a masters in anatomy from 
Georgetown and moved to Seattle 1 7 years ago. She is 
married with 2 wonderful stepchildren and found out 
one week before her 40th birthday that she was preg- 
nant (!) with daughter Rebecca, now 7. She is currently 
on the faculty at the U of Washington. Jacque Penny 
has moved to sunny Miami Beach and loves it. MimI 
Pitts Dixon's (Fairfax Station, VA) family has moved back 
to VA from Tampa. Jim continues to work for the Penta- 
gon and Mimi is at the Right To Work Foundation. Son 
Brian is a freshman at Notre Dame and daughter 
Caroline a h.s. junior who is very involved in forensics 
competitions. Carol Remington Foglesong (Maitland, 
FL) reports that Christopher, 15, has his learners' per- 
mit, and Eric, 20, has an internship at the White House 
in the political affairs office. Husband Rick is develop- 
ing collaborative debate on local govt, issues and Carol 
is in her 8th year with the Orange County Comptroller's 
office. She's also president of the Maitland Art Center, 
among other things. Anne Shipper Oates' (Rochester, 
NY) daughter, Alison, SBC'99, is in England on her Jr. 
Year Abroad. Susan Schmidt (Asheville, NC) is teach- 
ing environmental literature and policy at Brevard 
College. She's also writing, gardening, and fishing. Patty 
Schwalm (La Grange Park, ID created and updates the 
website for the Garden Clubs of Illinois. She and her 
daughter ride their Morgan horse on the trails around 
her "hobby farm." Her daughter and the horse were 
hunter hack champions this summer. Alix Sommer 
Pearce (Fredericksburg, VA) reports that "in classic mid- 
life crisis style" she divorced her husband of 15 years 
and renewed a relationship which began 27 years ago 
at SBC. She is still supervisor of gifted ed. in the Stafford 
County schools. Martha Stewart Crosland (Bethesda, 
MD) continues to work for the Dept. of Energy where 
she has responsibility for cleaning up the nuclear weap- 
ons complex after the cold war and managing the 
nuclear wastes. Daughter Mallory is a junior at 
Vanderbilt on a golf scholarship and won the NM State 
Women's Amateur Golf Championship. Elodie Taylor 
Thompson (Monroe, VA) has been an elem. school li- 
brarian for 26 years. She and husband John recently 
celebrated their 25th. Son Clay, 20, builds race cars and 
Meredith, 1 7, a senior in h.s., received her Girl Scout 
Gold Award. Libby Tyree Taylor (Atherton, CA) recently 
traveled with husband Barry and children Alexa, 14, 
and Lee, 10, to England and Russia. She has had sev- 
eral mini-reunions with SBC friends and "the years melt 
away as you laugh the wee hours away with friends 
found many years ago." Sally Uptegrove Lee (Nashville, 
TN) has had a challenging year battling colon cancer. 
In addition, she and Bob (who continues with his ma- 
sonry company) did a major remodeling of their house 
and daughter Rachel is a freshman at Trinity U in San 



Antonio. Sally still teaches at Harpeth Hall. Jill Lowry 
Warfel (Dade City, FL) has been divorced for 8 years 
and is still teaching kindergarten. Daughter Claire gradu- 
ated from Vanderbilt and is in law school at Emory. 
Daughter lull is a senior at Florida. Molly is a soph, at 
Vanderbilt and Betsy is beginning hs. Miriam 
Washabaugh Meglan and Vaughn have been in 
Frederick, MD for two years and love it. She is playing 
the organ again and is indulging her passion for 18th 
century American antiques. Her business is good and 
she is getting ready to start a hedge fund. Wendy Weiss 
Smith (Durham, NC) and husband went to Turkey with 
the W&L group the week after Hurricane Fran (which 
only damaged the yard, thank goodness). Linda Whit- 
low Knight (Nashville, TN) has been elected to a second 
term as Chairman of the Davidson County Republican 
Party. Daughter Katherine is a soph, at William & Mary 
and Elizabeth a junior in h.s. Anne Wiglesworth Munoz 
(Salt Lake City, UT) reports daughter Maya (1 6) is work- 
ing on her Girl Scout Gold Award and recently had her 
state winning artwork sent to a national competition. 
Aliria (1 2) is wonderful and doing well. Milton teaches 
5th grade and his parents are coming from Columbia 
for a visit next summer, .^nne has an art show sched- 
uled soon. Kathy Wilson Lamb (Atlanta, GA) reports 
daughter Marie graduated from W&L and is engaged. 
Katie is now at W&L. Rex brought her a new puppy to 
replace the empty nest. Beverly Wright Miller 
(Lynchburg, VA) teaches Latin and is Regional Director 
for the central VA Odyssey of the Mind. Katie, 9, and 
husband, Roger, keep her busy Barb Wuehrmann's 
(Grand Rapids, Ml) husband retired this year and was 
diagnosed with prostate cancer, which was thankfully 
found very early. She recently attended her medical 
school's 21st reunion in Nl. Diana Zeidel (Annapolis, 
MD) said "no news" but I know better. She and hus- 
band Jon Seymour are finishing up a beautiful new house 
on the water. She is leaving her job as Deputy Associate 
Administrator for the Federal Highway Administration 
in January to join Ion doing management consulting and 
they will be spending the month of May in Nice, France. 

Before closing, I would like for you to know about 
a couple of tragic things. First, Wendy Brown wrote me 
that Jeannie Littleton Knight's (Richmond, VA) 21 year 
old son was killed in a hold-up last January. Wendy 
says it really affected the whole community. We are all 
so sorry to hear this and send our prayers and sympa- 
thies to Jeannie. Also, Lind Dore Fountain was killed 
June '97 in a car wreck in Texas. It hurts to lose one of 
our classmates and we are indeed thinking of her 
family. 

As for me, I am experiencing the throes of the first 
"empty nesting" with daughter Cassidy now a freshman 
at Chapel Hill. Scott, 15, is surviving 10th grade. Rick is 
working all the time at his law office and I seem to stay 
home less than ever doing who knows what. Love my 
e-mail! 

1C\'~1 President: Marion F. Walker, 

l*J l^ Secretary: Sarah P. vonRosenberg, 
Fund Agents: Pamela Drake 
McCormick, Martiia C. Holland, 
Boxwood Circle Fund Agent: 
Susan Snodgrass Wynne 

As usual, our largest contingent is on the East Coast. 

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then went back to selling wine as national wine man- 
ager for Marie Brizard. Mary Pat Vam Moore, 
Tallahassee, FL, enjoyed reading about Reunion. She is 
still Executive Director of the Government Services 
Council and is active in her church. She keeps up with 
her boys - Warren, 17, who wants to go to a college 
with a good basketball program, and Taylor, 9, who plays 
baseball and flag football and sings in the church youth 
choir Husband Paul joined the FL Restaurant Associa- 
tion and travels throughout the stale. Deborah Wilson 
Hollings, Columbia, SC, and her family stayed with May 
Bryan Gay's family in Lynchburg during Reunion. Last 
year, when launching a 5 day elem. French program at 
son Christopher's school, Deborah taught 9 classes daily, 
so a month in the south of France to relax, visit family 
and rejuvenate was much needed! She completed a 
multimedia interactive computer program that teaches 
French to children ages 4-9, and is marketing it. 

In Laurinburg, NC, Edna Ann OsmanskI Loftus is 

busy with teaching, committee work, church, and her 
son Willie's activities. Creyson Shuff Tucker, Raleigh, 
NC, missed Reunion because she and Garland (W&L, 
1 969) were picking up daughter Liza from St. Andrews, 
Middletown, DE. FHer other daughter Grey, 21, is at 
UNC-Chapel Hill. Greyson is a part-time communica- 
tions/graphic designer, master gardener, and typical 
volunteer. She saw Susan Snodgrass Wynne and Rhonda 
Griffith Durham for a day before Reunion. 

Carter Frackleton, Fredericksburg, VA, is involved 
in an endowment campaign for the Fredericksburg Area 
Museum. She attended Garden Club meetings, a play 
at the Virginia Museum Theatre, and went to DC to visit 
Mary Heller (who works at the NIH) and to see an art 
exhibit. She visited Marty Neill Boney and Bill in 
Wilmington, NC, then friends al SBC. Susan Waller 
Nading and Alex visited from Birmingham (their son is 
at UVA) and they all had lunch with Ginnie B. Payne 
Sasser and Flip. In Dec, Mary Heller, whose niece had 
graduated from h.s. in Brussels, and Karen Medford, 
who lives in Annapolis and skis in CO for several 
months, visited, and the three of them had dinner with 
Janet Nelson Gibson, and Ginnie B. Sasser. Carter cel- 
ebrated the Frackelton Block Company's 50th year in 
business, and says how truly blessed she is to have 
wonderful, loyal employees to help her carry on the 
business her dear father began. Marty Neil Boney said 
she and Carter had fun Xmas shopping in Raleigh. 
Marty's daughter Kristen, 1 9, goes to Sydney, Australia, 
in July for a semester at the LIniv. of NSW and Andrew, 
1 6, is going on a h.s. trip to France. 

Kitty Howell Riordan, Clifton, VA, missed Reunion 
but holds fond memories of SBC. She has 2 teenage 
boys. The oldest graduates from h.s. in '98, and both 
are soccer stars being recruited by colleges. She is Di- 
rector of the Senior Center in Arlington and volunteers 
in hospice patient care. Kitty is a beginner at clay sculp- 
ture. Husband Dave is close to retiring from Merrill 
Lynch. They plan to spend more time with her 5 step- 
grandchildren, all under age 5. A 6th is on the way! In 
Vienna, VA, Penny Thomas Kezar continues as a train- 
ing consultant, specializing in customer service. She and 
her husband purchased a wood and glass home in VT 
for summers and other times. She has a new family 
member - Frisco, a black lab, joins her chocolate lab 
and golden retriever. From Chestertown, MD, Ginger 
Upchurch Collier says all is well. Her 2 children (Ann, 
16, and Katherine, 14) are both at Croton, and Ginger 



looks forward to seeing Rhonda Durham, whose son is 
there. Dale Shelly Graham looks forward to decorating 
her house in Bethesda after doing repairs, painting, etc. 
She and her family are all fine; when Dale wrote, Lily, 
8, was writing to Santa. From OK Gale Garner Resch 
sent a picture of her, Michael and Garner in Kenya. Her 
trip to Africa was wonderful and the animals magnifi- 
cent. Gale's precision skating team won three gold 
medals. She hopes they will repeat this in San Diego at 
Nationals. 

In Ml, Emily McNally Brown teaches Shakespeare 
to 1 1 th and 1 2th graders. Her and lim's oldest son Peter 
was married in Aug. on his wife's family's lakefront dock. 
Emily left her job at Delphi to teach at a small private 
Christian school. In Sept., son Christopher was nearly 
killed on his 17th birthday - after surgery, he is doing 
remarkably well. Emily is only 20 mins. from Ann Ar- 
bor. She saw Nancy Hagar Bruetsch and her son last 
summer. 

After her husband's death 5 years ago, Vivian Finlay 

remarried last luneand now has a large family of grown 
children and grandchildren. I know you join me in wish- 
ing her much happiness. Vivian still has her own practice 
as a marriage and family therapist, and still loves living 
in AK after 1 5 years. In Birmingham, AL, Margaret Hayes 
Brunstad continues in her "wonderful and very chal- 
lenging" job as Director of Sales and Marketing for 
Portrait Brokers of America. She joined that company, 
which now represents over 90 of America's premier 
portrait artists, 1 2 years ago in Birmingham. Her "boss," 
the president and owner of the firm, is one of Kathy and 
Ginger Upchurch's best childhood friends! Margaret's 
oldest daughter started her college search. Both daugh- 
ters enjoyed traveling with Margaret to SBC for our 25th 
- she wonders if one of them will be an SBC'er! Also 
from Birmingham, Marion Walker celebrated at SBC in 
Sept. the selection of Georgie Vairo as Distinguished 
Alumna of the Year, then enjoyed a wonderful trip to 
England. She returned to a booming business and a pile 
of work, but it was worth it. In Montgomery, AL, Elise 
Webb Neeland and David had an offer on the house 
they built 5 years ago that they couldn't refuse, so they 
moved during the holidays, 

Betty Works Fuller, Alice, TX, became rector of the 
Episcopal Church of the Advent 10/1/97. She loves the 
people there. Her daughter is a soph, at Southwestern 
Univ. in Georgetown, TX, majoring in art history, and 
spending the fall in London with a college group. Her 
son Will is in 3rd grade. Marilyn Prichard Harvie and 
her 3 children visited her mother and brothers here in 
Houston last spring, and we had dinner while she was 
here. Marilyn is as beautiful as ever. Stan and I invited 
Liz Clegg Woodard and Woody and Cutler Bellows 
Crockard and Doug lo help sort Reunion photos. Liz 
and Culler are wonderful friends whose children are 
also friends. The evening was a fun way to remember 
our old classmates. Margaret Lyie Jones worked long 
hours as a dialysis nurse in Houston last year. She has 
now sold her house and moved back to Birmingham lo 
be closer to her family. From NV, Cinda Lawrence Pierce 
wrote that daughter Emily's graduation kept her from 
coming to Reunion, bul she had mini-reunions 3/97 with 
Mercedes Gravatt Grandin and with Charlotte Lykes 
Jorgensen in Boulder, CO in Aug. Cinda spent a week 
with Linda Odum on her sailboat in the Bahamas. She 
still loves living in Lake Tahoe, and has an empty nest 
with Emily away at college. 



One mystery writer wrote from Washington that she 
happily made a job change in 1997 - after 19 years 
with Time Life, Inc., she moved lo National Geographic 
Society, where she is V.P and Director of Marketing 
Services. Husband Peter continues in real estate. Son 
Peter is in 9th grade and loves sports, daughter Meaghan, 
6th grade, is active in sports and social events. 

From London, Holly Smith wrote that she'll be 
named a State Regent for the DAR and will fly lo Wash- 
ington about 4 times/year for board meetings. 
Meanwhile, she's trying to kick her London neighbor- 
hood into shape! 

I am still at Baylor College of Medicine, involved in 
special projects on College policy. Several of my mas- 
ters' students from Houston Baptist have done internships 
for me at Baylor. Stan manages a private practice, works 
for the school district and teaches grad. and undergrad. 
biopsychology at Houston Baptist. Weekends are spent 
at our bay house. Son Charlie graduates from college 
and will be married in June. Son Will finishes h.s., and 
is undecided about where to go to college. It was a 
wonderful privilege seeing so many of you at SBC, and 
I look forward to being your class secretary for the next 
few years! Please keep your letters coming- my email 
address is sarahvr@bcm.tmc.edu, if that's easier. 

/0'7 ^ President: Kathleen Cochran 
iZ^ iK^ Schutze, Secretary: Louise 

Blakeslee Gilpin, Fund Agent: 

Janice Keith 

ftBy the time these notes are published, our 25th will 
have come and gone. To those who could not be there 
- my crystal ball says, what a time was had! Rita Anselmo 
lives in Bethesa, MD with spouse, |ohn Whittier and 
their children -Melissa, 12, Maria, 10, and Mike, 8. All 
3 ride and are active in 4-H which complicates soccer 
and carpool schedules. Rita saw Cindy Redman and 
her students at the Washington In'tl Horse Show and 
was totally impressed. Cindy Bekins Anderson's younger 
child is in kindergarten; her older child is 9. First year in 
the new house, Cindy was waiting to see what would 
come up in the garden. Anne Billings McDougall's plans 
for reunion must adjust for 16 y.o. Maggie's departure 
that weekend for a school mission trip to Ecuador. A 
college tour will include UVA. limmy, 13, will attend 
Camp Timberlake in Black Mountain. Anne was PTA 
president at Mailland, FL Middle School, Ed turned 50, 
and with trips to NYC and Bermuda, "we feel blessed." 
Mary Buxton is "enjoying being married and having a 
3 y.o. son Will," Her work as a psychotherapist is fine 
aside from managed care. Mary is interested in child 
development and software that promotes social/emo- 
tional development. Barb Cain Hegarty works part-time 
doing research in infectious diseases which accommo- 
dates the schedules of Ryan, 12, and Melissa, 8, who 
are in year round schools in Cary, NC. Betsy Cann Aker's 
son, Scott graduates from Episcopal HS in Alexandria. 
Morgan is a freshman there; William, 1 3, is in 7th grade 
and George, 11, is in 5th grade in Atlanta. Betsy is on 
the board of Whitefield Academy, a Christian prep 
school starting for grades 5-12. She will miss reunion 
because of childrens' graduations. Evie Carter Cowles 
has 2 grandchildren, lake, 3, and Tanner, 8 mos. Evie 
still rides, breeds horses, fly fishes with Reynolds, and 
has picked up tennis again. Dede Conley had her first 
25th reunion with SBC'72, her original class, and wrote 



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enthusiastically about the weekend. As national wine 
manager for Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits, Inc., Dede 
and her husband visited the Loire Valley and will travel 
to Spain, Italy and France this summer. She spent luly 
4th on Amelia Island with Liz Clegg Woodard 72, and 
skiied on 24 inches ot new snow at Telluride this win- 
ter. Diane Dale Reiling looks forward to reunion - a 
break from the hot real estate market in Seattle, lune 
will find her remodeling her 3rd project house - "we 
must crave sawdust and sheetrock?" The Reilings skied 
at Canada's Whistler/Blackcomb with Erica, 4th grade, 
and Steven, in 7th. They will combine reunion with a 
trip to DC and Charlottesville. Susan Dern Plank and 
David are back in Canajoharie, NY after David's retire- 
ment after 23 years of active and reserve duty with the 
US Army Corps of Engineers. He is job hunting and re- 
pairing fire damage to their home. Eleha spent 6 weeks 
in Britain last summer. Sue joined her for 3 weeks, her 
first time back in 20 years, and loved seeing St. Andrews 
again. She asked why more of us were not on the Alum- 
nae Link at SBC's website? Val Fannon Cooper remarried 
in Feb. and travels the east coast for Hershey. Val, Tim 
and Blair, a 7th grader who plays field hockey and ten- 
nis, will be at reunion. Lisa Fowler Winslow wrote just 
having been with Peggy Cheesewright Garner in LA. 
They took their daughters to Knotts Berry Farm and "had 
a ball." Russell, 16, and Suzanna, 11, are well and Bill 
is busy with his law practice, jane Garland Lucas writes 
that, with projects in TX, N|, MN, and NC, the office is 
expanding with new people hired. Life is full with a 
large yacht in Savannah, step-grandchildren, nieces and 
nephews. Carmen's surgery in May means no reunion 
but lane plans on ME this summer, and Italy in Sept. 
Susan Kirby Peacock, Daniel, 10, and Marley, 8, went 
out west to see family and hike the southwest parks. 
Susan will live in an artists' retreat on the cliffs of 
So.lreland in May. The children will join her in June to 
tour England and France. The year was also a sad one 
because of the death of her father. Jane Knutson James 
is a hs ESLaide in Brea, CA and earned her black belt in 
kung fu in'96. Patrick, 16, who "lives in his car" and 
Elizabeth, 1 4, are "A" students. All but jane are surfers. 
Sign of a May-Dec. romance: Michael got a sr. citizen 
discount and Jane was carded at the grocery store! For 
those sharp-eyed readers of Bon Appetit, you may have 
noticed a piece in the 1 2/97 issue featuring Palmer Lane, 
her husband Joe Dorn and their children Anna,ll, 
Marilyn,8, and Joe,5. It will be in our reunion scrap- 
book for all to see. Nancy Lenihan Conaty lives in 
Rumson, Nj with Jay, an investment advisor in NY and 
Matt, class of '99 at Vanderbilt. Nancy will miss reunion 
because she will receive her Master's in Guidance. Linda 
Lipscomb is in a new position with American Airlines 
which includes trips to exciting destinations including 
Aspen. With the sale of her retail business of 21 years 
and the merger of Barclay's company, Jane McCutcheon 
McFadden and Barclay spent the winter in SC. All 3 of 
their sons are in college or boarding school, lane loved 
seeing Jane McFaddin, Jane Potts and Mac Cuthbert 
Langley in Charleston and is going to Provence with 
Susan Craig to visit Robin Harmon O'Neill who is there 
for a year Joan May Harden and Rick have 2 weeks in 
Europe before reunion to celebrate their 25th anniv. 
Their oldest, Meredith, was accepted early decision to 
W & L. Joan plans on picking up Jill Heptinstall on her 
way through Baltimore to arrive at SBC for cocktails! 
Chris Mendel Prewitt is commander of an Air Force 
recruiting squadron in MN; her husband flies out of 



Minneapolis. The children find the schools there chal- 
lenging. Chris is in e-mail contact with Barb Hegarty 
and Glenys Church. After 20 years at Sacred FHeart, 
Betsie Meric Gambel is director of media relations at 
Logan Marketing. Gregory is a jr. at Villanova and spent 
last term as asst press secretary to Sen. John Breaux ID- 
EA). Meric is a soph at Jesuit HS in New Orleans. Betsie 
continues to love long distance bicycling. In Springfield, 
IE, Linda Moscafo Buell is a commissioner's asst at the 
IE Commerce Commission. They are deregulating the 
telephone and electric industries so the work is excit- 
ing. Linda won first place in her age category in the '97 
Springfield Road Runners. She spent a week in Jamaica 
and is going to Canyon Ranch in May with Sandie 
Schwartz Tropper. Business takes her to DC where she 
stayed with Sandie and Lauren Sherlock and to San 
Diego where she can visit her sister and nephews. 
Debbie Pollock Arce's children, ages 12,10 and 7, are 
all involved in sports and music which keeps her run- 
ning in combination with her school volunteer work 
and part-time bookkeeping. They hosted a Taiwanese 
college student and Debbie considers her a daughter 
too. Vacation plans include HI and New England. 
Debbie is on an all woman team competing in a 120 
mile relay walk from Portland to the Pacific Ocean in 
May. Debbie will be at reunion - a promise made to 
Lisa Fowler Winslow 5 years ago when Lisa was bat- 
tling cancer and missed our 20th. Brava! Between May 
and July Kathy Pretzfelder Steele will celebrate her 25th 
at SBC, her 25th wedding anniv. and her 25th year at 
her company. Tracy will attend Univ of Notre Dame; 
Kelly, a HS freshman, competes in swimming, lacrosse 
and jazz dancing, Dave works in the corporate offices 
of Liz Claiborne and Kathy enjoys his discount. The fam- 
ily was off to Aruba before college interferes. Carol Anne 
Provence Gallivan is in good health after her scare last 
year. Anne Genevieve,21, U of AL'99, is majoring in 
photo with a minor in photojournalism. Henry, 16, is 
the back-up varsity quarterback, plays basketball and 
soccer. Harriet, 1 4, is a varsity cheerleader, does dance 
team and soccer. They attend Christ Church School in 
Greenville, SC. Mills, an attorney, manages his own firm. 
The family went scuba diving in Cozumel and skiing in 
MT. Jean Piatt Spencer's 2 daughters board at the George 
School in PA where she and David attended. With the 
mild winter and increased interest in golf, Jean's busi- 
ness is booming. Renee Sterling is her financial 
consultant. Jean thinks that Kristy Alderson who may 
be the class' youngest mother will be at reunion. Jean 
adds, "Our 25th reunion, college tuitions and meno- 
pause are all looming." Cathy Rasmussen Renfzel is 
excited about her company's new 21st Century Cam- 
pus program which helps K-12 and higher education 
develop interactive multimedia courses. She and Linda 
Lipscomb have founded a women's investment group 
in Dallas and hope that Renee Sterling will be their fi- 
nancial advisor. Cathy's oldest daughter, Kelly, an honors 
grad. from Rice'97, works at SMLJ on their capital cam- 
paign. Nan Roberston Clarke's youngest child Boo is at 
Dartmouth. Toby, Charlie and Robbie are in 10th, 9th, 
and 8th respectively and are all involved in sports. Nan 
is finishing a year with 2 major volunteer jobs and con- 
cluded: "NEVER AGAIN!" Renee Sterling's non-work 
news is her discovery of how wonderful Aspen is. Betsy 
Thayer Clough is in Freeport, ME doing marketing re- 
search consulting, raising 2 daughters and "learning to 
live with a teenage daughter." Marianne Vandervort 
Wiggishoff was reelected to the Town Council of Foun- 



tain Hills, AZ as Vice Mayor for a 4 year term, "barring 
recall of course!" Mickey Wood Keyser is to get a Mas- 
ters in Adult Ed so she can teach at the comm. college 
level. She has 4 generations under her roof with her 
retired mother, her daughter and grandson who is "the 
most wonderful child" reports Mickey declaring her lack 
of prejudice. Her son is in the drifting stage. And I, 
Weezie Blakeslee Gilpin, delight in the accomplish- 
ments of Alexa, 21, halfway through the College of 
Wooster (OH) and Blake, 19, a soph, at Yale. Christo- 
pher will be a jr. atMilton Academy where Bob teaches 
history. His business consulting with students taking a 
year off continues to grow like kudzu! My job counsel- 
ing adolescents both intrigues and exhausts me. See you 
in May! 

IQi'H Ci Co-presidents: Gray Thomas 
IJ 10 Payne, Cathie Grier KelJy, 
Secretary: Beverley Crispin 
Heffernan, Co fund Agents: 
Maria Jones Tisdale, Betsy 
Brooks Jones 
I'll be brief, here's the news! Elaine Altice Saman was 
back at SBC, 10/97, to visit daughter Jordan during Par- 
ents Weekend ! Bet Bashinsky Wise says Cheryl Lux read 
our class news and tracked her down in Montana! Son 
Case is active in Boy Scouts, hubby Doug travels a lot, 
and Bet's being trained by her Great Dane and golden 
retriever puppies. The bike tour of the world continues, 
this time in New Zealand, 12/97. Betsy Brooks Jones 
has seen Cathie Crier Kelly and Ellen Harrison 
Saunders; Tombo's still with Union Camp Fiber Recy- 
cling Plant. Thomas (9th grade) and Brownrigg (2nd yr. 
UVA) are well. Betsy's busy with volunteering, tennis 
and a computer class. In summer'97, Betsy Burdge 
Murphy taught a music and movement program for tots 
and their parents. Also did much beach time with Sarah 
(9), and fair97 was off to WY and UT via "RV" with 
Sarah and Tim. Cece Clark Melesco is busy in Rocky 
Mt., VA, with 4 kids, 3 golden retrievers, 1 bird and 1 
fish. They manage to visit Rehoboth Beach each sum- 
mer and attend UVA games. Cece has kept in touch 
with Kathy Osborne Spirtes who's still in Alaska. Carol 
Clement Pavia is a VP with Kelly Staffing Services in 
Los Angeles. She and Louis (12) and Derek (9) visited 
Memphis, summer'97. Anne Cogswell Burris works 
part-time as an abstractor for a title agency. Daughter 
Carrie (5th grade) has Anne back into horses; they own 
two, plus half of the equestrian center! Scott, Ben and 
Will (grades 1 0, 9, 8) are busy with other sports. Hubby 
Lon & family sold their chemical company and he's now 
in securities. Anne enjoyed a minireunion in France, 
see Beth Montgomery. Marybeth Connor Hamlin loves 
her switch from media specialist to h. s. English teacher 
in Naples, FL. Son Patrick (9) is a bundle of energy. 
Catherine Cranston Whitham & clan enjoyed a trip to 
France, 3/97. Ann (1 7) is an avid kayaker, and Craig & 
Whit continue to golf fanatically. Catherine continues 
working as a Development Administrator plus volun- 
teering, and saw Libby Whitley, spring '97. Connie 
Crocker Betzendahl and Richard went skiing in UT and 
toured the west summer'97 as well. She IS the soccer 
Mom, courtesy of daughters Lindsay (1 5) and Ashley 
(12), and is taking a computer graphics course. They'll 
travel to England summer '98. Beverley Crispin 
Heffernan & co. continue to enjoy UT. I was 
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unemployed through the ski season! Travels have in- 
cluded CO & Europe, WY with Robin Singleton Cloyd 
and Cynde Manning Chatham, and VA where I lunched 
with lane Hutchison Frierson74. Chat w/Nancy Halght 
frequently. Bonnie Lee Damianos Rampone is substi- 
tute teaching at local elementary schools, remodeling 
the kitchen, and planning college campus visits with 
Chuck (17). Chris, 15, and hubby Chuck are fine too; 
they plan a late '97 ski trip to Vail, CO. Louisa Dixon's 
alive and well in Besancon, France, still doing exchanges 
between VA and Franche-Comte with occasional help 
stateside from Terry Starke Tosh. Mary Dubuque 
Desloge and family are enjoying life in Darien, CT, 
where she's selling real estate. They've traveled to the 
Big Apple and around New Eng. and Canada. Their old- 
est went off to boarding school, fall '97. Linda 
Frazier-Snelling writes from C'ville that she enjoys her 
work at St. Paul's Church in Ivy. Son Chris is a h. s. jr. 
and daughter Catherine is a new mother in CA, making 
Linda our first grandma? Husband Mchael has launched 
a new manufacturing career. Linda saw Ellen Harrison 
Saunders, summer'97. 

Cathleen Cilmore Dietz practices geriatric medi- 
cine at the Tampa Veteran's Hospital. Her eldest is a 
freshman at U. of Florida; the middle child is learning 
to drive, and the youngest is in pre-school. Melissa 
Greenwood Riemer continues to be dramatic. She 
graduated 7/97 from Drama Studio London and made 
her London professional debut 9/97 in the play "Time 
and the Conways." Family's fine; if you're in London, 
do drop in! Cathie Crier Kelly resigned her job, spring 
'97, to stay home with Thomas (4), who was delighted 
by a trip to Disney World, summer'97. Cathie's tennis 
team won city and state championships, and Bill is still 
auditing for 1 st Citizens Bank. Ann Henderson Stamets 
reports from Louisville that jay continues flying for UPS, 
she's still catering and PTA-ing, and sophomore Ion is 
an avid baseball player. They enjoyed traveling to At- 
lanta Braves games in Atlanta, Chicago and Cincinnati. 
Chris Hoefer Myers was recently in Hong Kong, Tai- 
wan and the Philippines. She's Sr. Director of 
Development for the U. of SC. Hubby jim and daugh- 
ters Aidan (13) and Christian (4) are well; Chris saw 
Wendy Wise Routh and Ann Cogswell Burris in Charles- 
ton, 4/97. Edith |ones sent 4 years of news on one card! 
She's married to Steve Floyd, has a child (2), and got a 
Ph.D. in counseling psychology. In her spare time, built 
and moved into a new house. Christine Kjellstrom Dou- 
glas substitute teaches at a refugee center in Syracuse, 
NY, and gets to Richmond often. Twins Edie and Chris- 
tina have started 1st grade. Their basset hound is 
recovering from back surgery. Karin Lindgren has moved 
to FL after 18 years in Ml. She's concentrating on her 
poetry, which has yielded over 50 awards in the past 5 
years! Karin's busy with assorted volunteer positions, 
works as a bookkeeper in Delray Beach, and will travel 
to Monterey, CA, 5ummer'98. 

Diana Martin Gordon has shifted gears big-time, 
now focused on a writing career. Cave up the perform- 
ing arts, sold her horses, placed her piano students with 
other teachers, so she must be serious! Margaret 
McFaddin dashed off her news before joining Kathleen 
Ryan on a 10-day trek through N.CA. Margaret saw 
Heather McLeod Gale and jody Anderson Wharton at 
Pawleys Island, 7/97. In May'97, Beth Montgomery 
returned to the scene of some very old crimes, renting a 
villa just outside of St. Tropez, where she, Catherine 



Cranston Whitham, and Terry Starke Tosh were NOT 
studying during jr. year. She was joined there by Gray 
Thomas Payne & hubby, Ann Wesley Ramsey, and Ann 
Cogswell Burris. Beth also journeyed to the Sundance 
Film Festival in UT, and continues her acting and film- 
making, including an appearance at the Kennedy Center 
as a "super" in La Boheme. Nellie Osinga Branson still 
works part time at a nursery; Lindsay got "downsized" 
into the U.S. Investigative Service; Molly's in kindergar- 
ten and Susie's in first grade. Pat Parker earned her 
M.Ed., 6/97, and aims to teach elementary school. Sum- 
mer'97, Pat started golfing again, and daughter Sarah 
started h.s. this year. Janet Sheppard Kelleher is enjoy- 
ing life after 40 "very much" ...the kids are older and 
not as constantly demanding. Buffy Shelton Smolens 
remarried 3/96; Peter's a nephrologist in San Antonio, 
lames (21 ) & Anne (1 9) are at Texas A&M; Buffy is teach- 
ing nursing part-time at the U. of Texas Nursing School 
and taking a Spanish class. Polly Shriver Kochan and 
leff are in Philly. Jeff is Director of Inverventional Neu- 
rology at Temple U. Hospital, and is a pioneer in stroke 
therapy. Michael's 14, Andrew, 10, and the whole fam- 
ily is busy with scouting. Recent travels included Bar 
Harbor, ME and Acadia National Park. Ann South Malick 
and clan have relocated to Hudson, OH from their farm 
in PA just in time for Mary Frances (6) and Kacer (5) to 
start school. Ann aspires to be "Soccer Mom of the Year." 

Barbie Tafel Thomas sent Grant, 1 9, off to Sewanee, 
fair97. Clay, 1 7, is a h.s. jr., and daughter Lee, 1 5, is a 
soph. Barbie's still busy with her landscape design busi- 
ness, and playing tennis in addition to hauling kids to 
their various sports. Hubby joe is an avid sailor. Gray 
Thomas Payne & family are well, volunteer work's great, 
she continues teaching drug and alcohol prevention 
classes. Had a spring '97 mini-reunion in France; see 
Beth Montgomery. Saw Meg Shields Duke'76 for their 
annual dinner in Vail, CO, spring '97. Dorsey Tillett 
Northrup's eldest, Tom, is a frosh at Miami of Ohio. 
Dorsey now has her real estate license and went to Eu- 
rope with her two younger sons, fall '96. The toe count 
on Maria Vonetes is holding steady at 8, thankfully. Our 
condolences to Maria and Sandra, their Dad passed 
away 12/96 at age 80. Maria reported seeing Ellen 
Harrison Saunders at the beach, summer'97. After 21 
years, Pat Wade Goolsby still teaches 6th grade at Madi- 
son Middle School in Madison Heights, VA. Daughter 
Laura's in nursing school; son Brian is working toward 
his driver's license. Pat and Mike celebrated their anni- 
versary with a Caribbean cruise. Carroll Waters 
Summerour and Toby enjoyed a spring'97 jaunt to Eu- 
rope. Patrick is a jr. at Clemson, h.s. sr. William has 
applied to UVA, Princeton, Columbia and GATech, and 
daughter Kaki is a talented 7th grader. The family gets 
to their NC lake house often. Libby Whitley has begun 
restoring her 1800 farmhouse in Roseland, VA. Farm 
population is 4 horses, 5 dogs, and 1 cat. Whitley, IrtcU 
is growing 20% annually, and Libby's been doing sdme ' 
lower level eventing. Worden Willis is a stockbroker In 
Lake Worth, FL, call her at 1 -888-642-281 1 to seek your 
fortune! She and boyfriend Augustine Lanzellotto live 
in Parkland FL and rescue dogs from various pounds. 
Kathy Wilson Orton's still at Texas Commerce Bank in 
Houston, now known as ChaseTexas, after 22 years. She 
and lohn enjoy golfing and traveled with the girls, 1 3 & 
15, to CO last summer. Most summer weekends find 
them at their house in Galveston. Wendy Wise Routh 
saw Ann Cogswell and Chris Hoefer Myers in Charles- 



ton and lane Perry in Kiawha during 1997. The family 
has recovered from last year's fire and in '97, wintered 
in Palm Beach and summered in the Hamptons. John 
Carlos is in 3rd grade, Lexie's in 5th grade. 

1C\'~I(^ President: Tennessee Nielsen, 
iv^ /v) Secretary; Deborah Mutcii 
Olander, Fund Agents: Cissy 
Humpiirey, Gail Ann Zarwell 
Winkler, Janet Durham Sam 
Many of you sent news which you begged me not to 
report. Hmmmmn. Key words and phrases registering 
on the Repetition Scale this year were midlife, crazy, 
orthopaedist, reemployment, volunteer, soccer, London 
and "rebuilding the kitchen — What a mess!". (What does 
this say about us?) And clearly we are maintaining and 
strengthening our relationships with each other. 

Wendy Bursnall Wozniak, new SBC Denver Club 
President, attended Alumnae Council last Oct. It was 
great to see her! Her 3 children love all sports. Wendy 
continues her "image as a soccer mom and volunteer." 
She's excited that SBC has a record 1 3 students from 
CO. Becky Burt visited SBC, felt as if she had never left. 
She bought another house ("long story there"), still works 
at BMC Software in Houston: she loves telling people 
"how they've screwed up their computers." 

Kelsey Canady Griffo reports all is happy in Vir- 
ginia Beach. She enjoys single life as a freelance artist 
doing murals, furniture, glassware, paintings. Parker (8) 
and McKenzie (10) are awardwinning artists and into 
sports. Kelsey plays tennis every day, skis when weather 
and budget permit. Chris Carr Dykstra has 4 horses and 
is starting a pony club in Auburn, AL. She and Lochrane 
visited last fall. Chris is one of many going to London 
this year. Candi Casey (Chicago) continues overseas 
travel in institutional equity sales and works with Karen 
Kuhlman '78. Tricia Cassidy Higgins experienced trag- 
edy last Sept. when daughter Katie (1 9) was struck and 
killed by a motorcyclist while crossing a street on her 
campus (St. Lawrence). She thanks God that her SB 
friends (Janet Grainger, Kate Kelly Smith, Laura Lee 
Bost, Katy Mikell Cochran and Merrin Sweeney) have 
all been wonderful to her. They attended Tricia's mar- 
riage to NY Judge John DiBlasi in July. Lochrane 
Coleman Smith reports no exotic trips, no lottery win- 
nings, but she and Mell have a new house in 
Birmingham. She says they're settled in like "Ma and 
Pa Kettle." Lochrane has been my constant support 
through my husband's serious illness, even through her 
own medical issues, moving, her job, and daughter 
Lochrane's activities. Melanie Coyne Cody's 2 daugh- 
ters, Caitlin (14), Sarah (11) say they're SBCbound. 
Melanie and Bob work on their 2 Victorian houses in 
Winnetka, IL and Wl. She continues executive recruit- 
ing and coproduced the Middle School benefit show. 

Terese DiGrandi Busch has a busy life in Atlanta 
with her medical practice (Pediatric Emergency Medi- 
cine), her son (Joseph, 6) daughter (Sarah, 23 mos., 
"blonde hair and blue eyes-where'd that come from!"), 
and husband Mike's Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery prac- 
tice. Her only complaint; constant scheduling hassles. 
Liz Farmer Jarvis, Philadelphia, continues curatorial 
consulting. Her 3 children are doing well; husband 
Andrew continues his architecture work. She reports 
many broken bones (not her own), and being on a first- 
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Debbie Gahagan Hill is VP/Branch Manager and 
maintains the new computer system at MidFlorida Fed- 
eral Credit Union. David (1 6) and Doug ( 1 2) are involved 
in ice hockey; Doug was on a traveling team last sea- 
son which took her to Nashville and maybe this year 
Ohio. Debbie is engaged to her long-time love. Keedie 
Crones Leonard joined the 76 Saturday Morning Break- 
last table during Alumnae Council, bringing her adorable 
little boy Cole (1 ) along. Keedie is "Yep, the same." 

Mary Beth Hamlin Finke works part-time in her 
family's metal stamping business in Wilmette, IL and 
serves on the board of two companies handling some 
investments. She, Caroline (1 01 and Hollis (5) vacationed 
in Kiawah, SC with Peggy Weimer Parrish last July and 
spent Aug. on Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nan- 
tucket. She has taken up piano and rides with her 
daughter. Mary Beth is collaborating with Meg Shields 
Duke on a "golf camp long weekend" for '98. Sounds 
great! Ookie Hays Cooper finds life in Nashville "de- 
lightfully routine." The family visited SBC lastlune, spent 
time with Mr. Edwards. 

The Cissy Humphrey paragraph won't do justice to 
her copious, thought-provoking words. Cissy and Eliza- 
beth Perkinson '78 attended the April funeral of our 
classmate Pat Dean in Pittsburgh. Pat's long, brave battle 
with Multiple Myeloma was a cause Cissy took very 
much to heart, and Pat's death was followed by the death 
of Cissy's mother 2 weeks later. Cissy has gone through 
grief recovery at a local Christian church, and now helps 
others as a facilitator in those seminars. She lectures on 
preparing for the move to retirement and/or nursing 
homes, and believes that "aging parents will be the 
scourge of the baby boomers." In her amazing fortitude 
she now seeks a new career path without considering 
anyone's needs but her own, and finds this empower- 
ing but would appreciate advice. She speaks with Beth 
Bates Locke almost daily, lunches with Tennessee 
Nielsen often, and hears from Felice Ludington in Marin 
County, CA. Felice also is looking for reemployment, 
having finished paralegal school. Cissy heard from Robin 
Rodger Heller who travels to Europe about 5 times/year 
for CM. Robin and husband Bill bought a 1910 house 
on Lakeshore Drive in Crosse Pointe Farms; they and 
their 2 children spend time remodeling and renovating. 
Most of Cissy's travel has been SBC-related. At Recog- 
nition Weekend in Philadelphia she saw Linda-jean 
Smith Schneider and "tons of '78ers." During her 
Thanksgiving trip to London, she spoke to Lola Brock 
Meakin '78. And she was an Alumnae Council regular 
again this year 

Liz lenks Coggin reports everyone fine in Richmond. 
Her son is 1 6, daughter 1 0. Lynn Kahler Rogerson trav- 
eled to Europe developing new art exhibitions last year. 
She and husband drove their '53 Packard to the Na- 
tional Packard Meet in Atlanta, then went to Australia 
for the Christmas holidays. Meantime, they gutted and 
rebuilt the kitchen: "What a mess!" Ann Kiley Crenshaw 
reports all is well in Virginia Beach (didn't someone else 
say that, too?). The Crenshaws continue a family tradi- 
tion of Thanksgiving at the Greenbrier and skiing, 
although Ann "just totes the equipment around and 
mainly loves water sports." Incredibly, Ann writes that 
they are rebuilding the kitchen, "What a mess!" Laurie 
Lenkel passed the NY Bar upon graduating from Brook- 
lyn Law School, looks forward to law practice and her 
next adventure. Her memories of SBC grow fonder, as 
does her love of learning. 



Margot Mahoney Budin in Chevy Chase has "the 
best kind of news... Having wonderful time being a stay- 
at-home mom." Daughter Michelle (19 mos.) constantly 
amazes/surprises her parents. Treacy Markey Shaw lives 
in Atlanta with husband Mark and 3 children. Treacy 
plays on an ALTA tennis team and volunteers for the 
children's schools and Scottish Rite Children's Hospi- 
tal. They planned a trip to London over the summer 
("Should be interesting with a 3-year-old in tow"). 
Debbie Massey Thurman and family are moving back 
to VA after 1 7 years in CA. She's on the verge of having 
her first book published; husband Russ is in the maga- 
zine industry. Jennifer (1 1 ) is an accomplished equestrian 
with Olympics 2004 her goal, while Natalie (10) is "just 
having fun being a kid." Margaret Milnor Mallory left 
real estate for her real love, teaching. Her boys, Barton 
and Bennett (12 & 10) are fine; husband Bart is still 
general counsel for Terminix. She talks regularly with 
Mary Beth Hamlin Finke, Lochrane Coleman Smith, 
Elliott Graham Schoenig and Peggy Weimer Parrish. 
Marilyn Moran Goerier and husband took Christopher 
(2) to Orlando for Christmas with Mickey 

Tennessee Nielsen's family vacationed in Seattle and 
Vancouver last year. Highlights were taking Amtrak 
through the mountains to MT and bluffing her way into 
artist Dale Chihuly's glass studio. The Tankersleys con- 
tinue to "lawyer" and parent their blended family of 5 
children. Susan Ray Karlson says Ron has 1-1/3 chap- 
ters to go on his book (Mar. finish), then the editing. He 
has a grant to work in the South Pacific so Susan hopes 
"to head out for a little R&R in Bora Bora"; daughter, 
12, "will have to tear herself away from her boyfriend." 
Susan continues to serve physicians in D.C. from her 
position at the Medical Society and is busy taking on 
the D.C. Bar. Dede Ryan Ale moved last Christmas to 
London. Her boys (John & Matthew, 9 & 8) enjoy En- 
glish schools although the first months were an 
adjustment. Husband John heads the London office for 
Vinson & Elkins. The family heads back to Houston in 2 
years. 

Long overdue words from Jill Sawicki (do you be- 
lieve it?) in Carpinteria, CA. Jill has "moved around the 
past decade or so" (Chicago, 3 years teaching English 
in Tokyo, now a first grade bilingual teacher). She bought 
an old house in a small beach town, hopes to adopt a 
child from China this year Meg Shields Duke wins the 
speediest response award. She's heavily involved in 
Republican politics, school activities for her 3 children, 
and their lacrosse and skiing. She hopes Lisa Nelson 
Robertson will move back to Denver: such fun that her 
son (14) is in his first year at Kent, Lisa's alma mater. 
Linda-Jean Smith Schneider says the highlight of her 
year was attending Marsha Taylor Delain's May wed- 
ding in May, but also enjoyed seeing Cissy Humphrey 
and Gail Ann Zarwell Winkler in Philadelphia at Rec- 
ognition Weekend. Linda-Jean works at Drinker Biddle 
& Reath as Library Director, and performed in Gilbert & 
Sullivan's "Trial by Jury" last fall at City Hall: still loves 
to sing! Virginia Spangler Policy goes strong on Look- 
out Mountain, TN volunteering at Frank's school, singing 
in church choir, showing horses and planning trips to 
China and Spain. 

Marsha Taylor-Delain married Bobby Horton in 
May, honeymooned in Cancun and Italy. The happy 
couple returned to Dover, DE "fat, sassy and contented." 
Marsha's job was hectic last year, combined with her 
duties as Vice-Chair of the Reading Committee for the 



President's National Test. She has also been very busy 
keeping me spiritually centered this past year, as only 
she can do. 

Rowena Van Tuyl Schubert says "Life as I knew it is 
over now that my girls (Larissa, 14, Mackenzie, 1 2) are 
teenagers. They have more social life than I ever 
dreamed of having." And has she ever traveled (2 trips 
to Hawaii, a CA trip through Monterey, San Francisco, 
Napa, then New York to see her family). 

Peach Weiler Theiss teaches elementary school in 
Pittsburgh. Peggy Weimer Parrish communicated John's 
appointment as General Auditor of the Federal Reserve 
Bank of San Francisco and her move to Walnut Creek, 
CA with sons Jay (9), Alexander (4). As a native Virgin- 
ian, she is sad to leave but looks forward to new 
adventure. She will be a stay-at-home mom for the first 
time and hopes her SBC friends will look her up. Ann 
Works Balderston spent nearly a month at the ranch in 
Jackson Hole, WY with kids, then back in Nov. without 
them for 1 days. She planned trips to Rome and Venice 
in the spring, then back to WY in the fall. The 4 kids 
keep her busy; Biv is immersed as Managing Executive 
for Sedgwick in NY. Ann is on the board at Allendale 
Columbia School, runs the book fairs. And of course 
she gets together with Andie Yellott and her boys at 
least once a year 

Thanks for all your notes, cards, phone calls. You 
are wonderful examples of how to meet life's challenges 
with grace, intelligence and great good humor. If I didn't 
write about your pet rabbit, sorry; the word limit con- 
tinues its reign of terror Next year I'll probably be writing 
about how many of you bumped into each other in 
London. 



/Q'7'7 P'^^si'^^nt- Vivian Yamaguchi 
/ v^ / / Colin, Secretary: Sally Bonham 
Mohle, Fund Agents: Janet 
Myers Deans, Peggy Haley 
Sheehan 
We have lost track of a lot of classmates. If you know 
the whereabouts of any of these, please contact SBC: 
Kate Morrissett Frye, Lynn Webb, Denise Etheridge, 
Mary Winston Blount, Mary Ann Dickinson, Cecile 
Shackleford, Leigh Lenahan, Kim Goldwasser Goldberg, 
Emily Shuffstall, Anne Tschudy, )ane Behringer, Sigrid 
Soderberg Pinsky, Sarah Bruce Kelly, Michele Kass 
Shuldiner, Christine Hadley, Annette Cowdery 
Matthews, Carrie Griscom, Anne Wrenn, )ulie Ziurys, 
Sally Barnes, Linda Sutton, Laurie Trenholm, Gregg 
Smythe, Kathy Hooker Boyle, Catherine Connor, Lisa 
Ros, Shirley Adams, Virginia Milner, Martha Hamilton, 
Pamela Stevens, Nancy Roberts, Susan Mountcastle 
Stephens, Maria Barton, Patricia Watson Kent, Roxane 
Clement, Debbie Vannostrand, Marian McLellan, Gail 
Flagg Freeman, Lucine Sullivan Moller, Helen Reid, Julie 
Smith Abell, Toni Cabbie Shaw and Susan Fenn. Vivian 
Yamaguchi Cohn writes that Stuart has joined Web Street 
Financial Group as its VP and general counsel. Sons 
Clayton 11, Clifford 9, Charlie & William 4 keep them 
busy with sports. The family has visited CO, FL, CA, 
and Disneyland this year; Viv looked forward to an SBC 
Riding Reunion in May Molly Reeb Nissman says Nancy 
1 7 has been touring VA colleges. Matthew is 22 mos. 
and Andrew is 5.5 playing soccer already Molly is at 
Paine Webber, works with sister, |ane Reeb Chadwick 
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family when they came to Vail to ski. Peggy's 4 keep 
her busy with "mom stuff," including car pooling to 4 
different schools — she also teaches a neighborhood 
French class. Frances Redmond Malone has opened a 
small art gallery/frame shop called "Two Sisters Gal- 
lery" with sister Lucile. Husband Booth is showing his 
artwork in Saratoga each summer and this year will have 
a booth in the trade fair of the Rolex 3-day event in KY. 
Frances rides when she has time. Someone (must be 
Glenn King Springer, I think) was moving from CA to 
Charlotte, NC in |une. |ohn has accepted a job with |. 
A. Jones Construe, as asst. general counsel. She asks 
Charlotte SBC friends to call her at 643-6702. Mary 
Greaves Hodge's family was at the tail end of a 6-month- 
long remodeling project — new kitchen and family 
room. Kids are 6 and 3. She gets together with younger 
SBC alums for lunch. Farnell Cowan had her 20th anni- 
versary at the bank in Boston this year and completed 
her "7 continent quest" last year with a trip to Australia, 
but Antarctica was her favorite. Nina Ross Baker and 
Dee Hubble work together at Reese Press/RP Commu- 
nications. Nina's 3"* grade daughter, Natalie, got braces 
this year Ann Crossingham Cannon and Bill celebrated 
their 20th anniversary; Leslie will be in college when 
you read this, and Will is 15. Ann and kids show 
Saddlebreds with some awards. Debbie Koss McCarthy's 
Courtney was selected a Morehead Scholar at UNC- 
Chapel FHill for Fall '98. Alex, recovering from a 
separated shoulder (lacrosse injury), looks forward to 
his learner's permit. A. Miclielle Sweeney Lyne (who 
transferred to VCU from SBC) has 2 children, Evan 1 2 
and Chase 10. In rural Goochland County, she is busy 
with gardening, knitting, aerobics, cooking, and volun- 
teering at school. Ellen Sellers McDowell and family 
had a wonderful trip to Ireland with her parents, brother 
and family. Unfortunately, Ellen's mother's cancer re- 
turned after the trip; she died 1 1/97. Ellen's 4 daughters 
are busy with many activities and sports; Rex is work- 
ing hard on his business. Becky Mayer Gutierrez teaches 
4th grade in Turners Falls, MA. Sons George 14, An- 
thony 11 and Mike 7 keep her busy with baseball, 
basketball, etc. She says the teenage years may actually 
be worse than the Terrible Twos. Tricia Waters is busy 
being a mom, volunteering at son Will's preschool. She 
saw Cheri Stipp in Mar Elvira Cash Pecora (Durham, 
NC) is a substitute teacher in public and private schools, 
subbing in French and other subjects. FHer husband trav- 
els often for Qualex; her 2 sons enjoy soccer, piano and 
rope-skipping. The family went to Disneyland and Uni- 
versal Studios; she and Chip went to Cancun in Mar 
Judy Widener has a dressage training facility with 9 
horses in training for competition. She also teaches clin- 
ics and does a yoga video for riders. Children: Samantha 
12 and Logan 7. Carolyn Williams Seeling says she, 
Stephen, Justin 1 1 and Sarah 5 are doing well. She left 
the corporate world for the time being so she can be 
home for after-school hours. She is also teaching the 2s 
at church preschool 5 mornings a week. Phooi-Ching 
Lai says her hair is turning white, due to her two daugh- 
ters, Zhenling .",rade 6 and Zhenhua grade 4, who keep 
her quite busy in addition to her job, lecturing at a univ. 
Laura Burrell Garden became a stay-at-home-mom 
when her boss sold the company. She and Lloyd are 
moving from CA to Denver; he will continue with United 
Airlines and she can enjoy "Lloydster" 6 and Sarah Eliza- 
beth 2. Cora Snyder moved to Peterborough, NFH to be 
an editor of publications for an internet consulting firm. 
Ebet Little Stevens says Bob is on his 3rd year of being 



in business for himself; children Elizabeth 1 3, Anne 11 
and Robby 6 are on the go. She frequently sees Debbie 
Koss McCarthy. Beth Wade had her 1" baby in June 
'97! She and John are ecstatic to have Eloise (Ellie). They 
run their beach house in DE and moved into a new 
home in Rockville, MD. Beth is with IBM. Fran Scott 
and son Zachary moved from Nashville, TN to Toronto, 
where Fran is VP, corporate marketing communications 
with Nortel. They enjoy life in Canada. And I, Sally 
Bonham Mohle, celebrated my 20th wedding anniver- 
sary lo Pete this year land he actually celebrated also!). 
We went to Las Vegas in Apr for a conference and Nova 
Scotia in July for a family reunion. I continue my Myers- 
Briggs business in addition to my full-time job. 

1 0^70 Co-presidents: Cindi Little 
iv' /v*^ Townsend, Susan Anthony 
Lineberry, Secretary: Lauren 
MacMannis Huyett, Co-fund 
agents: Ashley Wilson Brook, 
Pam Weiler 
Greetings to all! I think that we have reached middle 
age. There were not too many "changes" in most of our 
lives-everyone seems to have settled into her forties very 
nicely! 

Having said that, these were the few responses I 
received that did have some "big" news. Connor Kelly 
has two items to report- the birth of her second child. 
Teague McKenna Harvey was born in 2/97 at home just 
after Yoga class! She is also moving to Italy in the fall of 
1 997. Piper Allen is now Piper Allen Severns-she mar- 
ried in 4/97. She continues to practice real estate law. 
Susan Searles Lord has a son Robbie, born 7/97 and 
already has another on the way! She lives in Northern 
Virginia. 

Corby Hancock Pine also has a new baby, Lauren 
Gibson, born in 9/97. She joins her brother Jonny, now 
5. Nancy White started a new job as the Tabletop and 
Home Furnishings manager at Modern Bride magazine. 

Now on to the regular stuff! Louise Mueller Cook 

writes that her friends have nicknamed her boys Craig 
(6) and Fritz 14) "wild" and "wilder"! Louise saw Claire 
Cartwrighl Vaughan, Robin Jones Eddy and jane 
Hubbard Sams this summer and said they all look ter- 
rific. Pam Ramsdell Mitchell writes that all the 
Mitchells-Elspeth (13), Barclay (10), Tucker (7) and 
Carson (3) are doing well. Pam is teaching pre-school a 
few mornings a week and driving a taxi in the after- 
noons! AimeeKass is still practicing law. She saw Leslie 
"Pete" Forbert in April and attended the wedding of 
Lynn "Kevin" McDonald in October. Susan Andrews 
Crum is getting back into tennis, after a ten year break- 
she is playing on the team at her Country Club. Her 
boys Jim and Andrew are now 11 and 8. 

Prudence Pitcock says life is good on their farm in 
Rome, GA. Her son Justin is now 8 and will be joined 
by a brother in lanuary 1998-at age 40! She says life is 
about to change! Susan Anthony Lineberry has been 
busy as Superintendent of Promotions and Special Events 
for the city of Newport News, VA. Her 4 boys Cole (14), 
Mark (12), Patrick (11) and Kevin (10) are also keeping 
her busy! 40th birthday parties have gotten her together 
with Cindi Little Townsend, Page Breaknell Beeler and 
Pat Guild Blair. Mary Cowell is in Boston working for 
the Museum of Fine Arts in Product Development. She 



has been to Italy 3 times to buy jewelry for the mail 
order catalog. Sally Byron La Barre is happy with some 
free time on her hands now that Katie(9) and Phillip (6) 
are in school all day. She is getting lots of projects done. 
Shantini Senanayake is working for the state of Mary- 
land as a Public Health Engineer Last summer she went 
to Rome for her high school reunion and had a great 
time. Susan Owen Bragg is an organic farmer in Boone, 
NC and sells at local farmer's markets. She is putting up 
two big greenhouses on her farm to go into commercial 
cut-flower production year-round. Her business is called 
Lily Patch Farm. Susan also has two daughters- Allied 2) 
and Bunie(3). Lisa Hagan Kliefoth is in Cabin John, MD 
with her husband Chris and her 3 kids Campbell (10), 
Willis (7) and Peyton (3). Her Mom Alice Hagan (SBC, 
class of 1949) surprised her for her 40th birthday and 
|udy Williams Carpenter came to the party. Judy con- 
tinues to be the Alumnae Director at St. Catherine's 
school in Richmond. She sees a lot of SBC alums when 
she is traveling for St. Catherines. Page Breakell Beeler 
also was very happy that 40th birthday parties had got- 
ten her together with old friends from SBC. She says 
they all decided that they look exactly like they did 20 
years ago! She is doing well with her garden club work 
and the raising of her 3 children! Caro Mcdonald 
Bahnson is busy with the addition to their family of 3 
dachshund puppies. Their 15 year old daughter is at 
Foxcroft and Caro is hoping will be oft to SBC in a few 
years! Helen Peppard Lewis got her MBA in Interna- 
tional Finance 12,'94, spent 1995 in Paris, and is now 
Director, Business Development of MINDBANK in 
Vienna, VA. She writes, "Hike a lot, love salsa dancing, 
and am learning to play the Bongos." Cindi Little 
Townsend is still in Martinsville, VA, busy with Brittany 
(12) and Hunter 19). She still has her own CPA practice, 
does tax work, and teaches computer courses at the 
kids' school. Cindi writes, "Looking forward to Reunion!" 

I am still really enjoying my life here in Zurich, 
Switzerland with husband Bill and our five children- 
Kate(14), Phillipd 2), Peter(9), Chip(8) and Susan (almost 
4). The expatriate life is a very full and busy one! We 
have traveled a lot in the past year- Holland, France, 
Italy, Luxembourg, Belgium and of course to the States 
pretty often. We plan to move to the Boston area in 1 2/ 
98 where Bill will still consult with McKinsey and Co. 
My parents have relocated to Boston so it will be very 
nice to be near them and explore the New England area. 
I am, as I hope you are, looking forward to our next 
reunion in 1999!! 

J A (? /A Co-Presidents : Lillian Sinks 
Iv^Uv/ Sweeney, Janet Hughes Wiles, 

Secretary: Kathy Taylor Erickson, 
Fund Agents: Missy Gentry 
Witherow, Fran McClung 
Ferguson, Toni Santangelo 
Archibald, Catherine Flaherty 
Gerlind Younts (Mexico City! is the Correspondent and 
Bureau Chief for NBC News in Latin America. Gerlind 
moved to Mexico after 5 years in the Middle East work- 
ing for NBC News. She just returned from covering 
assignments in Baghdad, Iraq, Jordan, and Israel.' 
LaQuela Scaife Barnett says the past 1 2 months have 
been a banner year for travel, business, pleasure. The 
Alaskan cruise was awesome, but Jamaica was surpris- 
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ocean. She is starting a new division called Specialty 
Music, Inc. and created a new label to add to the oth- 
ers. She had a terrific show in Cannes at the MIDEM 
International music fair. Loved seeing Jana joustra 
Merritt who works for HCA in Nashville. |ana married 
Blaine in D.C. in Nov. Carolyn Birbick Milam married 
Bonnor H.Thompson III 10/18/97. BonnorownsBonnor 
Thomason Construction, a contracting firm. Paul will 
be 5 in Feb., and grows like a weed! Carolyn enjoys 
being Division Manager at Howard Perry and Walston. 
Tish Longest Tyler was matron of honor in her wed- 
ding. 

Pam Koehler Elmets bought a new home: more 
space for all their stuff! Lauren and Andrew (81 and 
Caroline (21 keep her busy. Gail Coyne married Michael 
Pierdiluca in Madison, Wl, honeymooned in Italy 2 
weeks, and moved to Chicago (Sheffield area). They are 
remodeling their city condo. Lisa Carangelo has a busy 
season with the Booma Oil heating business. She teaches 
Scuba Diving at MIT and is on the Board of Directors at 
Girls, Inc. She had 2 wonderful trips: Bareboat Charter, 
scuba diving St. Vincent and The Grenadine: and Kenya 
and Tanzania with her mother and 2 brothers last |une! 
She sees Cary Dollard and Kris Summerill Craig. Kris is 
busy with twins and husband Stuart in Lexington, KY. 
They have a pony, love KY. Cary travels in her job at 
IBM and volunteers on a number of boards and com- 
mittees. Sandra Rappaccioli Padilla works from home 
with a payroll management company and is opening a 
bookstore in Managua selling textbooks for elementary, 
secondary and universities. They also carry religious and 
medical textbooks. Max is General Manager for the 
Cement Producing Company of Nicaragua. 

Toni Santangelo Archibald bought a new home in 
Rye (address: 3 Clark Lane, Rye, NY 10580). They have 
a new boxer puppy named Sophie - it's like having a 
baby all over again! They took the kids (Johnny 11, 
Franny 9, Sara 6)to Disney World last Oct. for 5 days, 
had a fabulous time!. Chip is growing a beard - life is 
always interesting! Susan Mengden-Ellis was anxiously 
awaiting May arrival of third child (a boyl. Catherine is 
2, Clay is 1. They will be in Dallas in Aug. for Down 
Syndrome Congress and hope to see some SBC friends. 
Fran McClung Ferguson volunteers at church, school 
and writes for the local business journal. Robert is in 
3rd grade; Carol is in 2nd. Norman is home after 17 
months in DC starting a computer networking business. 
They have a Golden Retriever-mix puppy, so Fran is 
finally getting some exercise! Amy Dausman Schaaf 
added their 4* adoption in Dec. '95! Mark is now 2. 
She continues to homeschool her 10, 9 and 6-year- 
olds — says it's a blast! Library visits, field trips are how 
most days are spent. No alarm clocks for them! She 
would love to hear from other SBC homeschoolers: 1 20 
, South Haven Dr., Mooresville, NC 28115. 

I Carol Williamson Jenkins and her 4-year-old son 

William visited Liz Swearingen Edens and son Alex (2) 
in Louisville, KY last fall. Catherine Mills Houlahan is 
busy with Connor (4) and Shelby (2) in Hampton, VA. 
She is involved with preschool, playgroups, church ac- 
tivities, doctor's appts. She hasn't gone back to work, 
and doesn't miss it a bit! Catherine just learned there 
are 9 SBC alumnae in her church parish at St. Andrews, 
( Newport News, VA. Vivien Cuttridge Olsen is in her 1 " 
year of Law School at Washburn U. of Law in KS. She 
graduated from Kansas State U. with a BA in English. As 
a single parent, her life is busy with Caleb (8) and Luke 



(6) and her studies! Address: 1 1 55 B SW Glendale Dr., 
Topeka, KS 66604. Susan Boline Thompson (Dallas): 
Rebecca (7), John and Stephen (5), and husband Gregg 
are doing well. She sends best wishes for 1998! 

True Dow-Datillo dreams of balmy Blue Ridge Mts 
in April! She had a chilly winter in NH! Her 2 sons, 
Nicholas (6) and William (5) are classic winter 
snowbunnies. They headed south to see Barbara Wesley 
Bagbey and family on the way to a FL vacation. If any- 
one ventures north for ski or R.V.ing — stop in — they're 
5 minutes off 95!! Email her: RobertsGym.aol.com. Lisa 
Faulkner-O'Hara recently got together with Sally Grey 
and Kim Wood at Sally's birthday in VA. She still works 
in advertising in N|. She has 2 great kids. Bud (7), daugh- 
ter Evan (31. Pam Willett Hauck is excited with all 3 of 
her children in school! She is active in the U.S. Marine 
Corps Reserves and works in Quantico. The rest of her 
time is spent "chauffeuring" the kids to more activities 
than she would like! She and her husband hope to re- 
main in Arlington for at least one more year. Janel 
Hughes Wiles' family has grown: 5'^ last July '97, an- 
other girl. Quincy Louise joins Margi (2), John (1 1 ), Drew 
(8), and Max (4). She saw Myth Bayoud on an Apr. ski 
outing. She missed Sally Grey Lovejoy's 40* birthday, 
heard it was lots of fun, everything was done in black! 
Kim Wood Fuller and Lisa Faulkner were there, lanel, 
still practicing law, is active with school and commu- 
nity boards and Boy Scouts. Martha McCaleb Cosentino 
says "hello" to everyone! She and Steven are fine, still 
living east of Richmond in Quinton, enjoying a quiet 
and happy life!! Annie Fisher McDaniel had a wonder- 
ful holiday visit with Katie TamsBairstow in Galveston. 
She says they "picked right up where they left off too 
many years ago." Lynn Howard Hurley just had boy 
#3. Maggie (9) is head over heels for horses - could she 
be SBCbound? Jack (7) is crazy for anything with wheels 
that looks dangerous! Lynn's law firm dissolved last Feb., 
quite an adventure. Carolyn Hallahan married Robert 
Salamon 2/2/98 in MT and snowmobiled for the entire 
week! Her work is going great! Georgia Schley Ritchie 
moved with husband Diff, Addison (5) and India (2) to 
Tokyo. She hopes to carry on organizing group exhibi- 
tions of contemporary artists and learn a bit of Japanese! 
New address: Apt. 101, ITF, 5-3-50 Minami-Azabu, 
Minato-Ku, Tokyo 106, Japan. Brooke Hardin Randall 
moved to Charlotte, NC summer of '96. She stopped 
work, is at home with sons, Jack (8) and Bruce (2 1/2). 
Beth Newberry Phillips had a great '97 with her 2-week 
golf trip to Scotland! She drove through the country with 
inlaws and Sydney, her 9-month-old! Yes, they are still 
speaking! Beth said it was the perfect time to travel with 
a baby. Ann Connolly Reagan enjoys volunteering in 
Hannah's (9) class 1 day a week. She works at The 
Dragon's Nest toy store part-time also. She and her ten- 
nis partner are #1 on the A-1 team in Newburyport, 
having lots of fun. She is a new board member of the 
YWCA, enjoys working with a great group of women. 
Ann fit in a trip to Arizona last spring. Mitch Jeffery and 
family are moving back to NYC after giving the suburbs 
1 8 months - even her 3-yr.-old was bored to death she 
writes! She can't wait to buy a new home in the city, get 
the kids in school and get back to concrete! Betsy Tho- 
mas Rook lives in Glendale, CA with husband Roger 
and Wiley Evan (4), Kirby Blake (2 1/2). Needless to 
say, both keep her hopping! She is a full-time mom, but 
would like to be acting and writing again soon! Brandy 
Wood (Fuller) married last April, and they started a small 
jewelry business. She works full-time as a school-based 



mental health therapist. Lisa Heisterkamp Davis says 
"life is grand!" Her family enjoyed Ceclle Owens 

Plattner '79 and her family's visit on a very wintry day 
last Jan. Anne Cretzmeyer Bloch is in Stamford, CT with 
husband Greg and 4 beloved cats. They are art dealers 
and art publishers; the name of their company is Triad 
Art Group. They have built a "dream home" which is a 
continuing work-in-progress, jeannine Davis Harris 
loves being mother to newest family member Bradley. 
Leigh (6) and Reid (4)are proud to be big brother and 
sister! Garrow H. Crowley (prodigy.net) is in 
Spartanburg, SC with husband Chris and children Elsa 
(12), Mark (9), Kathleen (8). They're building a new 
house! Please E-mail her! Catherine Flaherty was on 
maternity leave for 4 months. They had their 3rd boy 
12-97, Macartan Thomas 10.3 oz. He joined 2 broth- 
ers, Killian (almost 4) and Callaghan (2 1/2). Life is 
hectic! Catherine and husband are going to Germany 
(with baby) the end of April. Missy Gentry Witherow: 
life is great in Vicksburg, MS! Somer is 4, Wallace 2! 
Time flies! They look forward to a fun summer. Allison 
Becker Chapman and husband have bought a first house 
and have a beautiful baby daughter, Sara Elizabeth. She 
has 1 month remaining on maternity leave and hopes 
to win the Lottery so she can stay home with her! Allison 
will return to work as a case manager in the home health 
business. New address- 10809 Hard Rock Rd., Austin, 
TX 78750-1545. Lind Robinson Bussey built, moved 
into a new home in '97. She is busy with Anderson (8) 
who changed his name to Arthur, John (10), Jerry Lind 
(1 3) — a teenager! They have lots of animals. She visited 
with Georgia Schley Ritchie and fill Steenhuis Ruffato 
in France last summer, Lind spent a London week with 
Georgia before she moved to Tokyo. They had a blast! 
Feeling very blessed and happy with life! Anne Secor 
works as Art Director for J. Crew. For the past 3 years 
she has lived in a sunny loft in downtown Manhattan. 
After breaking with boyfriend of 5 years, she began sing- 
ing with a rock band, doing lots of Janis Joplin tunes 
and similar rock/blues/soul material. They played last 
Dec. at The Bitter End on Bleeker Street, and have a 
couple of dates set for Spring! Florence Rowe Barnick 
is Director of Human Resources at the family business. 
The Free Lance-Star Publishing Co., consisting of a daily 
newspaper (over 110 yrs old) and 2 radio stations. Flo 
delivered son #3, George Stanley (11/28/97). He joins 
twin brothers Scott and Andrew (6 1/2). Lillian Sinks 
Sweeney is still in "The Burgh". Taylor is 5; husband 
John has made a career change which will keep them 
in Pittsburgh. She coordinates clinical trials at the Hos- 
pital. E-mail: Sweeney ©pgh.auhs.edu. Amy Campbell 
Lamphere (Lincoln, NE): her kids lake (8) and Sarah (5) 
keep her busy with soccer; both play. Amy has turned 
into Martha Stewart, knocking down a wall in her 
kitchen and building a new "great room" for entertain- 
ing! She saw Catherine Flaherty at her cousin's wedding! 
As for me, Katie is 1 0, involved with soccer and swim 
team, Brian is 8 and does a "sport a season"! Jon is 
Managing Partner at his law firm Brock, Clay, Wilson 
and Rogers in Marietta, CA. I teach Pre-K (14 4-yr-olds) 
at St. James Methodist Church and was the Kids Art 
Auction Chairman for my childrens' school last fall, 
baseball team mom, and swim team coordinator. En- 
joyed hearing from everyone - have a great summer 
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)0J? / Co-Presidents: Allison Roberts 
iv/Ol Greene, Carol Hays Hunley, 
Secretary: Jane Terry, Fund 
Agents: Nancy Golden, Nancy 
Webb Corkery, Molly Rodgers 
Cramer 
Thanks for your great news. As for me, my two boys 
Branson and Sandy are 1 2 and 9, and I spend most of 
my time on the ball fields. Most of you are also busy 
with kids! I saw Allison Roberts Greene, Nan Dabbs 
Loftin, and May Carter Barger at |iil Steenhuis' art show 
in Charlotte. Allison and Carson's baby Andrew was a 
year in March, and Mackensle is 3. Anne Sargeant 
Rosenthal had a baby girl named Jennifer born on 2/11/ 
98 to ioin her sister Jennifer, 5. Also, Debra Middleton 
Dickinson had a baby boy named Selh on 1/22/98. 
Claire McDonnell Purnell's new addition, Elizabeth, is 
1 5 months, and Claire calls herself a "Mom Shop" stay- 
ing at home and running a design business. Stephanie 
Stitt Fitzpatrick also just had a baby boy-Robert Dirk to 
join Alexandra, 3. May Carter Barger added Benjamin 
to their family on 7/31/97, and she has a printable sta- 
tionery business called Sidekicks. She and Carroll 
cruised through the Panama Canal with Allison Rob- 
erts Greene and Carson. Consumed with five children 
ages 1 1 , 9, 6, 4, and 2, Winsor Cleveland Yellin is also 
in the midst of building a new house. Lynn and lack 
Reeves enjoy their mountain house in Lexington. Lynn 
stays home with Henry (4) and Savannah (3). They want 
company in the mountains, gals! Nancy Palme Hoe is a 
researcher/lab manager for the pathology department 
at Baylor College of Medicine and is dealing with the 
strep outbreak in Texas. Kearsley Rand Walsh was re- 
married to Peter, went to Bermuda on the honeymoon, 
and didn't even have to change her last name!! Angus 
(7) and Duncan (5) walked her down the aisle and in 
attendance were Stephanie Skinner Fortunato, Mara 
Ryan Eckert, Carrie Maynard Nichols and Claire 
McDonnell Purnell. Mara, her husband, and two girls 
Emma (3) and Sydney (20 months) are readying their 
house in Wilmington for sale and may move to PA. She 
plays mixed doubles in a tennis league and will play 
USTA women's doubles this summer. Stgrid Carlen 
Veasey is in Philadelphia with Campbell (3) and Wylie 
(1 7 months) and her husband Doug. She practices pul- 
monary sleep medicine and teaches at Penn. Stirling 
Cassidy Smith is loving NYC with her two red headed 
children Alec and Palmer. Over the holidays she saw 
lulie Brooke Davis and Ann Baldwin Mann in Jackson- 
ville and she sees Beth Newberry Phillips and Mary 
Ann Albright frequently. When not at hen parties, Mary 
Kate Ferguson works for a bank based out of Seattle, so 
travels to the West Coast quite a bit. She loves to cycle, 
swim, and run. Like Mary Kate, Quinn enjoys running, 
cycling, surfing, and swimming. She is still single and 
running Quinn Design, which specializes in marketing 
materials. )ane Losse Momberger is still in Singapore 
and would love SBC company. Nancy Webb Corkery, 
the rink rat, spends most of her time watching her sons 
Kevin (9) and Kyle (7) play hockey, but saves time for 
golf and their new boat. She reports that Molly Rogers 
Cramers had twin boys, Colin and Ned, for a total of 4 
now: Nancy also talked to Nancy Weinberg Von 
Auersperg who sounds great and lives in New York. 
Also, Nancy says Susan Rowat Steiner is travelling the 
world and looking for a buyer for her store. Virginia 
Donald Latham is decorating a new house in grand style. 



of course! Angle Odom Wright and her husband Wade 
recently attended Nancy Barwick )ones' wedding in 
Huntsville, and Nancy's 2 children were in the wed- 
ding. Angle also sees Laura Coleman Proctor, Caroline 
Hawk Sparrow and Virginia Donald Latham and says 
that Olivia Chaplin Baker does a wonderful job with 
her twins and her preschooler, hiedley Sipe Bethke is in 
Charlottesville with her husband Robert and daughter 
Edie, 3. She works as an OBGYN nurse practitioner and 
keeps up with Holly Silsand in Richmond, VA. Helen 
"Sam" Masters Durham has two little soccer stars-Arch 
(15) and Rob (8). Her ballerina daughter Ann Husted 
(11) danced with the NC Ballet and the Moscow State 
Theater ballet in two Nutcrackers. With Sam and Buck's 
accents, the folks in Rochester, NY think they're from a 
foreign country! Dawne Cotton Ward is in San Fran- 
cisco with her husband jim who is the Director of 
Marketing and responsible for the promotion of the up- 
coming Star Wars Episode film. Dawne is training as a 
docent for the zoo and enjoys the Junior League. Torrey 
Binion is a pediatric RN in the Houston area and re- 
sides with her daughter Sydneyann, 12. Her 
step-daughter Sarah, 22 is at Southwestern University. 
Her husband Sid (15 years) is on assignment in MN, 
and they anticipate a move to Minneapolis soon. 
Congrats to K. Hagan who was chosen Secondary 
School Counselor of the Year for Region 2! She is the 
guidance counselor at Banks County H.S. and keeps in 
touch with jane Moore, Holly Silsand, Margie Robinson 
Tallmadge, Letha Zackowski, and Barbara Burns Wray 
Tamarri. Jane Moore is also a counselor at Sacred Heart 
Cathedral School, her daughter Kassie's (9) school. She 
lives in Knoxville, TN. Barbara Bush Cooper works at 
St. Agnes School in Alexandria, VA-strong SBC 
repesentation-where Tania Voss Ryan is the director of 
the lower school. She says Holly Craig, who works for 
a new political lifestyles magazine, moved back into 
the area and Alex Wilson is pursuing graduate work. 
Eve Devine also saw Tania Ryan. Eve is Director of 
Human Resources for Harbor Court Hotel. She has a 
new puppy named "Ginger Schnapps". Finally, Sarane 
McHugh and John returned from a pleasant winter in 
San Miguel de Allendo in Mexico. On the airplane she 
saw Beth Newberry Phillips CBO). Kate McTaggart 
Allen's mother, Nancy Co/c//e McTaggart '53, reports 
that Kate is teaching 8-year-old girls full-time. Kate and 
Nicholas also have the farm and several horses, and 
Kate sings in 2 choirs and supports the activities of 
daughter Isobel, 1 5, and son Simon, 1 2 (football, rugger 
and cricket). In the bulletin of the Garden Club of 
America, Presley Neithammer Schwinn was pictured 
making decorations for Christmas tours of Philadelphia's 
Fairmount Park Houses. Thanks for all your wonderful 
news. I look forward to the next batch! 



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President: Mary Pope Hutson 
Waring, Secretary: Melissa 
Byrne Partington, Fund Agent: 
Virginia Claus Buyck, Reunion 
Gifts Co-chairs: Virginia Claus 
Buyck, Ellen Clare Gillespie 
Dreyer 
Wonderful to hear from so many folks — I guess be- 
cause we have reunion coming up, everyone is excited 
about connecting with old friends! Lea Sparks Bennett 
shared the exciting news of the birth of their daughter, 
Elizabeth. Becky Reeves Alley and her family moved to 



Vi 



a larger house. She is still trading stocks and her hus- 
band, Curtis works for a computer hardware and 
electronics company. She is going to music class with 
her daughter, Mary Grace (2 1/2) and enjoying it! Nina 
Pastuhov is still an executive assistant to the owners of 
an insurance company in Ft. Lauderdale. She spends 
most weekends traveling with her boyfriend. She has 
also been planning trips to AZ and CO and finding time 
to work out as well. Kathy Barrett continues her work 
in the bridal registry at a jewelry store in Richmond. 
She is riding and has moved out to the country. She 
sees Angela Goodwin ('82), Sarah Babcock and Tish 
Littleton Byrne quite often. Julia Bass Randall contin- 
ues to enjoy sailing with her family and enjoyed some 
visits from Amy Seddon Leger and Lizanne Schumacher 
Quinn. Julia is co-chairing the junior League of Boston- 
South shore area. Katie Grosvenor Hutcheson will have 
had her little girl by the time you read this — she was 
due in February. She and her husband live in Lookout 
Mountain, TN. She has written a full-length play and is 
trying to get it produced. Meanwhile, she is working on 
her second. She saw Janet Lewis Shepherd and Tracy 
Gatewood Lyons in Atlanta. Katie is the godmother of 
Janet's daughter Emilie Grace. Martha Riggs Lowry and 
her husband, Ron, have been dealing with his bout of 
gallbladder surgery and kidney problems. He is await- 
ing a new kidney any day now. She is also busy with 
her interior design firm and keeps in touch with Hannah 
Emig via email. Martha is also volunteering at the 
Sawtooth Center, the Carolina chapter of ASID and the 
Junior League of Winston-Salem. Sharon Patten Massie 
still enjoys working with her husband at Massie Insur- 
ance - Nationwide. She loves living on their farm and 
looks forward to working with the Alumnae office on 
recruitment at SBC. Kim Howell Franklin started a new 
job last year in membership and convention services 
for the National Fisheries Institute. She is enjoying her 
daughter Isabel le and took her to Cape Breton Island 
this summer. Ruth Lewin has been very busy in her job 
at an interior design firm in Naples. She and Marc took 
a trip to San Francisco and L.A. and had a terrific time! 
Melodie Goodwin is enjoying her second year as Vice 
Principal of South Hadley Middle School in South 
Hadley, MA. Adriana Garza Read is now a full time 
teacher at the Ronald McDonald House of Houston. 
She loves meeting families from different parts of the 
world, amongst them the Wilmeths from Guatemala 
whose oldest daughter is now a sophomore at SBC. She 
and her husband Tom welcomed a daughter, Christina 
Adele in June. Adriana still keeps in touch with Leigh 
Cox Gary in England. Grayson Harris Lane has been 
busy with her Ph.D. dissertation in Art History at Bos- 
ton University. She has a 13-month old daughter 
Campbell and a baby boy due in January. She and David 
are enjoying life in CA and she is busy with Junior League 
and volunteering at the Stanford University Museum. 
Laura Murphy Jennings is an attorney at the National 
Imagery and Mapping agency specializing in R&D. She 
and husband Patrick have two sons, William (8) and 
Graham (4). Suzy Flagg writes that she has been strug- 
gling with some health issues over the past few years. 
She was diagnosed with diabetes at age 22 and last year 
lost her right leg to an infection. She recently married 
David Janoff, a wonderful man and RN whom she met , 
while under his care at the hospital. She is living near 
family and friends and has drawn strength from her sis- 
ter (also an SBC grad) who has been there for her during 
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in Charleston, SC with her children Adair, Eliza and 
Horry, Ellen Clare Gillespie Dreyer had her third child, 
Stone, 1 2/96. She saw Virginia Claus Buyck and Mary 
Pope Hutson Waring at Sea Island in August. They also 
saw Louise )ones Geddes ('841 and Kafhy Toomey Gre- 
gory ('84). Melissa Pruyn Vaughan is in Wilmington, 
DE with her husband Win and daughter Virginia. She is 
COO of a company called Flapdoodles which is a divi- 
sion of Marisa Christina, Inc. She recently spent a 
weekend at Wintergreen with Kim Howell Franklin, 
Danielle DePaul Morganthaler and Ellen Howard. 
Wendy Chapin Albert and her husband Tolly enjoy their 
two daughters Annie (5 1/2) and Eleanor (1 1/2). They 
are busy with their careers and house and dogs! Alice 
Cutting Laimbeer and Rick are finishing their house ad- 
dition. They spent some time in Nantucket this summer 
with 24 other family members! Alice has been busy with 
her children Parker and Margot with Pony Club and 
ballet lessons. Amy Painter Hur is living in Austin, TX. 
Jane Carter Ware came through Austin in February. Amy 
is volunteering for school and with the Junior League. 
Laura Mixon Rodriguez, husband Leandro and children 
Lea (6) and Miranda (3) are settling into their 3rd year 
back in the US. Laura is teaching part-time at East Caro- 
lina Univ. and they are expecting their third child in 
early March. Elizabeth Birkhead Glick had her second 
son, Christopher Thomas in early June. He arrived about 
7 weeks early and spent a few weeks in the hospital. All 
is well and Betsy is now going back to work part-time 
at Sea Pines Real Estate Co. Her husband took a new 
job with a division of IBM, repairing and servicing equip- 
ment in the area. Bridget O'Reilly Holmes took a 
wonderful vacation in May to Vienna and Prague. She 
is still very involved in volunteer work and her newest 
project is the Stepping Stone Museum — a children's 
museum in Norwalk, CT. She enjoyed a mini reunion 
with SBC friends, Pam Dickens Sellars, Melissa Byrne 
Partington, Elizabeth Taylor Seifert, Barb Paulson 
Goodbarn and Mary Pope Hutson Waring in Charles- 
ton, SC in April. Tracy Gatewood Lyons and Brooks look 
forward to seeing everyone at Reunion. They live in 
Atlanta and Tracy operates a project management com- 
pany specializing in marketing and hospitality programs. 
Polly Parker McClure is doing well in Cleveland. She is 
enjoying watching her daughter grow up and still works 
for Allstate Insurance. They are going to Barbados to 
visit her sister who is I iving there for the next three years. 
Lucy Chapman Millar is busy with her two children, 
Peyton and Schuyler. She is playing lots of tennis and 
doing volunteer work with both of her children's schools. 
She went on a trip to Italy with her mom, sponsored by 
the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Leslie Wright 
Root is busy with her sons, 9 and 4. She speaks with 
Patty Sheehy-Rogers occasionally. Amy Boyce Osaki 
spends a lot of time in Europe with her husband run- 
ning trips for their company Walking Softly Adventures. 
On her last trip to France, she stayed in Paris for a week 
with the family she lived with during Junior Year in 
France. She also stayed in Holland with Marijte van 
Duijn who was at SBC during our senior year. Donna 
Hedrick Hartmann returned from a 3 month stay in 
Australia where her husband was working. Their family 
doubled with the birth of twin girls, Katie and Krista in 
February Amy Lisner Kaiser lives in Short Hills, NJ and 
recently ran into Rhoda Harris Irwin ('82) and her son 
Carrick in a store. She plans to get together with Rhoda 
and Deborah Price Bowman ('82) who also lives in Short 
Hills. Jeanne Waters Chapmann and her husband had 



their first child, Mason this past year. They recently 
moved to Franklin, Wl where her husband is a vice presi- 
dent with Visi-Com Industries. Jeanne left her job at TV 
Guide to be a full time mom. They are enjoying their 
new home and new friends. Life continues to treat Sa- 
rah Babcockwell in Virginia. She works from home these 
days. ..selling software to corporate customers while 
dressed in sweat pants. Very cool. After working at the 
Olympics last summer, 1997 felt rather quiet. ..but 
horses, dogs and her old house have kept her busy Ellen 
McNeally is in Raleigh, NC with an employee owned 
health care information systems firm in corporate de- 
velopment and keeps active outside of work with friends 
& family. She just celebrated her 5th anniversary. This 
summer Lisa Rogness packed up her two cats and most 
of her belongings into a U-Haul truck and moved from 
Santa Barbara, CA, to St. Paul, MN "to care for my grand- 
mother and go back to school for a degree in fine art." 
Margaret Enochs Jarvis has left academics and Virginia 
and moved to Iowa, where she is in a private psychiat- 
ric practice in a town of 1 0,000 and she remarried. She 
is enjoying the midwest - it is very different. Elizabeth 
Taylor Seifert is my new neighbor! She and Mark and 
family moved to Raleigh, NC and Elizabeth is the new 
Manager for Public Policy Development at Glaxo 
Wellcome, Inc. They welcomed their second daughter, 
Lydia lane, in October. Mimi Kitchell DeCamp is busy 
with her boys. Will (7) in first grade and Rob (2 1/2) and 
the busy real estate market in Nashville. Miriam Baker 
Morris and Clay are happy to have just joined the 21st 
century - finally getting online! She still works part-time 
for the church. She is keeping busy with Claiborne and 
Sally Joan McGettigan is now Director of Institutional 
Technology at Trinity Episcopal School, coordinating 
technology for the school and teaching a variety of com- 
puter classes. "I finished my M.A. at Teachers College, 
Columbia University this summer in Computing in Edu- 
cation, and also bought a house." Leslie Malone Berger 
and Kevin welcomed their daughter Emilie Stow 
Monnett Berger in February! Blair Clark Smith is Emilie's 
Godmother. Alexander (6) is in full day Kindergarten 
and Kiernan (4) is in preschool. She started grad. school 
in Communicative Disorders (Speech Pathology). Her 
goal is to graduate in the year 2000! Wylie Jamieson 
Small has been entrenched in the world of technology 
with the launch of her e-zine "Forever Families." The 
web address is ttp://home. eznet.net/~families/ 
index. html/ForeverPamilies.html. She still teaches 1 0th 
and nth grade English and welcomed Maris into the 
family, #2 lack Russell Terrier. She and Stuart are watch- 
ing Rudy grow so fast! He's learning to read and started 
squash lessons this winter. Barb Paulson Goodbarn and 
Steve are busy with their daughter's year round school 
schedules. They went to Disney World in Sept. when 
Elizabeth was off track. They spent Christmas in San 
Diego with Barb's family. She enjoyed seeing her SBC 
friends in Charleston in April. Blair Redd Barnes had a 
baby girl last year. Her name is Raleigh. Her brothers 
(Blair's stepsons) Brandy, 1 6 and Jeb, 1 4 love her. Blair 
has gone back to work, three days a week with Craig 
Drill Capital, a private investment firm in NYC. She is 
also trying to start an alumnae club for Westchester 
County. 

As for myself, Robert and I are expecting our first 
baby in early May and for obvious reasons will not be 
attending Reunion! I want to thank you all for your cor- 
respondence over the past 1 5 years (yes, I have been 
doing this for 1 5 years!) and I am sorry I cannot always 



print "all the news" but I am working with some strict 
length guidelines! My best to you all — have a wonder- 
ful time at Sweet Briar in May Please stay in touch... 

JQ (? /I Co-Presidents: Elizabeth Harley 
li/O I Willett, Penny Parker Hartline, 
Secretary: Patsy Roby 
Gotfredson, Fund Agent: Liz 
Rodgers Boyd 
Wendy Birtcher Anderson (Laguna Niguel, CA) and 
husband Bob have 4 children: Amy 7, Alex 6, Annie 4 
and Adrienne 3, along with 2 dogs, a rabbit and gold- 
fish. They have traveled to Sun Valley, ID, Chicago and 
HI; would love to see anyone passing through southern 
CA. Patricia Andonian (Beverly Hills, CA) loves being 
single, is enjoying her free time. She was laid off from 
her 1 0-year career with Litton Industries, has been catch- 
ing up on things around her home. Search for a new 
career will begin in '98. She had breakfast with Sarah 
Babcock '83 in July. Caroline Reece Acquino and hus- 
band Agustin moved to Middleburg, VA. He works for 
Salamander Farm; Caroline is a freelance riding instruc- 
tor/trainer They expect their 1 st child in Aug. '98. Holly 
Pflug Allport's 3rd child Kate was born 10/15/97, join- 
ing Sarah 20 months and Peter 3. Holly enjoys being 
home with family in Winter Park, FL. 

Jennifer Dodge Booysen (Bossier City, LA) is a Shel- 
ter Coordinator for the YWCA battered woman's shelter 
in Shreveport. She has 2 girls 1 and 7 and remarried 2 
years ago to a man from South Africa. They have a baby 
boy born 7/97. She sees Mary Levine '83. She is with- 
out a horse but rides as much as possible. Colleen Kuebel 
Berthelot (New Orleans, LA) is busy with real estate 
and son Colin, 9. Liz Rodgers Boyd, busy with her 2 
boys. Tommy 5 and Louie 3, works a few hours a week 
for her old law firm doing probate and estate planning; 
also volunteers as President of Coffee House Press and 
lunior League of St. Paul. Helen Pruitt Butler (Charles- 
ton, SC) runs into Cheri Burritt Yates and Mary Pope 
Hutson Waring '83 along with Stephanie Alford Collett. 
Helen looks forward to our Reunion next year! Mark 
your calendars! 

Gigl Collins decided to work closer to home after 
1 3 years with Bankers Trust Co., now is an investment 
manager, able to spend more time with Paige 3 and 
expects another baby in Mar.'98. Vicky McCullough 
Carroll and husband Mike moved to NJ 12/97. She is 
restoring their 100-year-old home and working as a 
freelance writer. Robin Cannizzaro (St. Petersburg, FL) 
is in practice with Holistic Veterinary Care. She has 4 
cats, 1 dog, 1 bird and 1 horse. Michelle Scherrer Cas- 
tor was remarried, 5/4/97 to Robert Klimt, honeymooned 
in Cozumel, Mexico. Both work for the Department of 
Justice in San Antonio, TX. Michelle saw Tracy Glaves 
Spalding in |une '97, who is home with Emma 5 and 
Preston 3., and also mentors new mothers, loves living 
in CO. Liz Boyer Caldwell and husband Daniel are busy 
with William 6 and Elizabeth 5. Liz sells real estate in 
Ft. Lauderdale and volunteers for the University of Mi- 
ami Art Museum where she sees Elise Wright Wood 
who lives in Coral Gables. Caria Pellegrino Cabot, busy 
with Chip 6, Lili 3 and Ann 2, is working on her new 
house in Brookline and has fun with a black lab puppy. 
Suzanne Stovall Clarke loves motherhood: Madeleine 
was born 9/26/97. She will join husband Richard in 
Baumholder, Germany in Mar. after his 6-month deploy- 
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Ginger Reynolds Davis, Jeffrey 9 and Carter 6, are 
going to Disney World in Mar.'97. Ginger plays lots of 
tennis and caugiit up with some SBC girls at Deanne 
Dawson's '86 wedding. She says no one has changed 
much and that Debbie Jones is as crazy as ever. Debbie 
(Richmond) bought a duplex in a great neighborhood, 
is enjoying fixing it up. Debbie received a promotion at 
Charter One Mortgage Corp., heads up their secondary 
marketing department. Still involved with her Consult- 
ing firm, she finds time to dabble in the gourmet canning 
business "The Jazz Garden." Rosemarie Hermann Davis 
and George (Cambridge, England) have 2 boys, Paul 
Nathan 2 and John Andrew born 11/8/97. George will 
finish his PhD in '98. Margaret Dempsey (New Orleans, 
LA) is a professor of Psychology at TulaneU. She teaches 
a lecture course to undergrads and a small graduate 
course. She will see Susan Dickinson Linder and Holly 
Pflug Allport in Orlando, FL in Apr. Susan Croker Fisher 
rides for Hopemont Farm; daughter Katie 3, already 
shows interest in riding. Susan was in Lexington, KY 
Nov.'97, stayed with Lee Vandergrift Felts, husband 
Claude and Taylor 2. Louise Jones Geddes is busy with 
3 children, Charlie 5, Giles 4 and the newest memljer 
Lucia born 9/97. Louise ran into Ellen Clare Gillespie 
Freyer, Virginia Glaus Buyck, Mary Pope Hutson War- 
ing '83 and Cathy Toomey Gregorie in Sea Island, CA 
last Aug. I wonder if Sea Island has recovered from our 
visit after graduation? 

Sara Greer and husband Ken Sheet; live in Lexing- 
ton, VA. Sara is an information officer on the George 
Washington and Jefferson National Forests. She coordi- 
nates visitor services, environmental education and 
interpretive programs while Ken teaches middle school 
English. They enjoy 2 Border Collies and country life. 
Marguerite Kramer Kircher and Stephen welcomed 
Sable Virginia 8/24/97. Marguerite is a V.P working part- 
time with Shields & Co. as a stockbroker, and still teaches 
step aerobics classes. Katie Hoffner resigned from a 
marketing position to rejuvenate her soul; a few months 
has turned into a year She traveled to Europe twice and 
roamed through the Southwest. She is preparing for a 
trip to Mexico to study the Mayan Goddesses of 
MesoAmerica. She also uses free time to volunteer in 
public schools, read books, enjoy her family and take 
classes. She moved back to CO and participated in a 
cattle drive with her Dad. Katie ran into Mary Williams 
in Chicago and shared with her that taking time oft has 
been a wonderful gift to herself. It has given her fresh 
perspectives. I agree, Katie, everyone should do it some- 
time. Sister Mary Leanne (Lee Hubbard) is an Assistant 
Principal and teaches at Notre Dame Academy, Los 
Angeles, CA. She is excited about her opportunity to 
speak with 2 colleagues at the National Catholic Edu- 
cation Assoc, convention Easter week in Los Angeles; 
the topic is Friendship Games; Bringing Students To- 
gether Non-Competitively. 

Virginia Lynch Kiseljack had a big year with a Feb. 
white water adventure to the Rio Upano in Ecuador, 
then marriage to Charles Joseph Kiseljack 111. They have 
a baby girl, Katharine Elizabeth, born 5 weeks early 11/ 
97. Congratulations! She has seen Ann Dalzell Perry 
and Katie Hearn '85. Leslie Kirkby, husband Richard 
and Ian 3, welcomed a baby boy on 2/97. Leslie Caroline 
Photography is going strong. They live on the east side 
of New York City, enjoy all the benefits of city living. 
Kirsten Void Larsen and husband have a baby girl, 
Eleanor Kate, 1 6 months. Kirsten works with an interior 



design company in Chicago; they enjoy summers at her 
cottage in Lake Geneva, Wl. Susan Dickinson Linder 
and husband Steve stay busy. Susan works in Human 
Resources and volunteers for the Winston-Salem Literacy 
Initiative. They took a trip to England in May and are 
making improvements on their home. Sloan Yeadon 
Mills in Atlanta, GA with Mary Pate 6 and Daisy 3, has 
been a paralegal with the FDIC for 8 years. She is active 
with the U.S. Navy Reserve and was in Naples, Italy for 
5 weeks planning NATO Sea Day. On a unit ship for a 
week, she had the opportunity to visit Marseilles. Sloan 
is leading an exciting life. Kathryn Marion and husband 
Mark Meyer went to China in June to become proud 
parents of Sarah Zhen Li, born 3/4/96. They are now 
completing paper work for a sister for Sarah. During 
this busy, exciting time Mark's work moved them to 
Denver, CO. They love Denver and would love to hear 
from anyone living in the area. Erika Dorr Marshall and 
husband Bobby have 3 children, Wiley 6, Foster 5 and 
Elise 1. They moved to St. Helena, SC and plan to visit 
Erika's parents in London this summer. Barbara Callahan 
O'Neill is busy with children lohn 6 1/2, Aidan 4 1/2 
and a new arrival, Maura Randle born 6/6/97. 

Charlotte Perez (Wilmington, NC) works as V. P 
Finance in her family business. She sings in the church 
choir and 2 other church ensembles. Husband Pablio 
and Charlotte rode a tandem in the "Hotter 'n' Hell 1 00" 
bike ride in Wichita Falls, TX, posted their best score 
ever Shannon Young Ray and family are well. She heard 
from Eleanor Wells Carter (fine in Houston, TX), 
Courtney Warrick Chcrna i3 children, living in Ohio), 
Janina Madigan (happy in Amherst, VA), and Pamela 
Walsh Warren (doing well in Gloucester, MA). Janet 
Lewis Shepherd lives in Atlanta but you won't be able 
to find her at home — she's traveling the world, from 
Bali to San Diego, and will be in Bermuda in Feb. '98. 
She has Robert 4 and Gracie 1 : between trips she exer- 
cises and does volunteer work. Heidi Stukey Shott and 
husband Scott (ME) purchased a 1790's colonial house 
with frontage on a mill pond and salt water views. Heidi 
runs a PR. business called Bad Dog Productions and is 
busy with twin boys Martin and Colin, 4. Heidi heard 
from Cheryl Kenney and hooked up with Cecily Schultz 
'85 via the SBC website. Her address is 
heido@lincoin.midcoast.com. Staci Skufca is an account 
executive for Trammel I Crow, Boca Raton, FL. She would 
love to hear from anyone passing through southern FL. 
MaryTrotman and husband David have been in Reston, 
VA 9 years. Mary is an FBI Agent with the Department 
of Justice, assigned to FBI headquarters in Washington. 
They spend free time renovating their home. Mary sees 
Lynne Largey Goldfarb often and is her daughter's god- 
mother. 

Ann Alleva Taylor and husband Carter purchased 
and renovated a home in Buckhead, GA. Ann manages 
the Atlanta office of Rapp Collins. Vernice Thompson 
tried teaching but was burned out after a year; she took 
a year off, now is pursuing a career in landscape de- 
sign. Sue Walters and husband Matt move to Moscow 
in Apr.'98 with Elliot 2 1/2 and Benjamin 4. You are a 
brave gid. Sue, all the best to you. Cathy Kenton Will- 
iams (Atlanta) and husband Tony had a big year with 
both of their companies going through mergers, Cathy 
was promoted to VP Legal with the new co. ERE 
Yarmouth. Cathy saw Joyce Coleman '88 at Christmas. 
Sophie Desprez Whilehouse, in North Reading, MA with 
husband Robert and children, Alexandre 11 and Eve 



Marie 9, teaches French part-time at a Hamilton, MA 
private school and does some translating. For the 1st 
time, they went to France for the holidays: a very excit- 
ing time catching up with family. Cheri Burritt Yates 
and Jonathan moved to downtown Charleston last year. 
She sees lots of Mary Pope Hutson Waring '83 and at- 
tended a baby shower for Cathy Toomey Gregorie. They 
took 2 cruises last year and plan to cross the Atlantic on 
the QEII in May'98. Be sure there are enough lifeboats, 
Cheri! Newie Hamlin Carapezzi and Ronald, busy with 
Benjamin 3 and Gracie 1 , bought a home in Fairfield, 
CT and are working on it. Betsy Becton Hannah and 
husband Harry are moving to Canberra, Australia. Harry 
will be Chief Defense Intelligence Officer to the Austra- 
lian Military for at least 3 years. Best of luck to you! 
Cathy Cash Mays' family had a busy, exciting year wel- 
coming Ashton Dawn (born 6/1 7/97). Big brother Jason 
(7) thinks Ashton is the best! "Life is certainly fun with 
two!" I was lucky to run into Lili Gillespie Billings and 
lonny in San Francisco last Fall. Lili's brother was being 
married. Lili looks great, is busy with 4 children. 

Finally, it's been a great year for the Gotfredsons. 
Ed and I are well, busy chasing after Teddy, 1 9 months. 

1 love being home with Teddy, there is nothing like it. 
Thank you to everyone who wrote, the news means so 
much to each of us. Please plan to attend our 15-year 
Reunion in June'99. It would be great for the Class of 
'84 to be well represented and fun to see some of those 
faces not seen since graduation. Thanks for staying in 
touch! Patsy Roby Gotfredson. 

IQj^C President: Elinor Warner, 
iK/ijsJ Secretary: DeAnne Blanton, 
Fund Agents; Lenetta Archard 
McCampbell, Kim Knox Norman 
Another busy year for the Class of '85. Linda Manley 
Darling and husband moved to Las Vegas, where she is 
considering starting a career in real estate. Betty Saylor 
moved to San Francisco, and invites all alums to visit. 
El Warner sold her fitness business, resigned from her 
academic job, and moved to NY in June. Angeleque 
Akin is working on her Ph.D. in psychology at the LI. of 
Southern Mississippi. She married Dr. Steve Little 5/23/ 
98. Laurie Limpitlaw (KS) is finishing her Ph.D., and 
plans a fall wedding. Nancy McMullen Bearsch com- 
pleted an MA in Health Admin, this spring. She and 
husband Bobby live on a horse farm in Darlington, MD. 
Lenetta Archard McCampbell will finish her MBA at 
the U. of Chicago in Dec. She spent 2 weeks in Aug. in 
Barcelona. 

Carolyn Williams DeLong (Madison, Wl) is raising 

2 children and learning auto mechanics. Anne Maus 
(Salisbury, NC) is a Republican Senatorial Inner Circle 
member. She also studies antiques, preparing to open 
her own business. Trudy Cahaley (Arrington, VA) works 
with an autistic child. Barbara Tragakis Connor (Alex- 
andria, VA) substitute teaches for Fairfax Co. Becky Lee 
Melrose (Norfolk) teaches part-time at Old Dominion 
U. Children are Graeme 7, Sarah 6 and James 4. An- 
drea Lawrence teaches math, science, and phys. Ed. at 
Santa Barbara Charter Middle School. She lives with 
her partner of six years. Donna. Mallihai Lawrence 
Tambyah tutors part-time at Queensland U. in Austra- 
lia. Children: Philip 4 and Tamara 1 . Ruth Sill is head of 
the Math/Physics Library at the U. of NC, Chapel Hill. 
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programmer at Davidson College. Ellen Carver 
Burlingame is Director of Community Service at Sidwell 
Friends School in DC, Daughter: Rebecca Anne, 1 . 
Reinette Rivers Boucher is a part-time accountant in 
England. Children; Alexander 3 and Caroline 1 . Leanne 
Weber Kreis works as a furniture representative, and 
sails the Severn River in MD on a new boat. Children: 
Phillip 4 and Katie 2. Marguerite Robbins Germain is a 
Dermatology Resident at the National Naval Medical 
Center in Bethesda. She completed her MD in '9), then 
spent 3 years as a Navy flight surgeon. Elizabeth Kelly 
Ravitz was promoted at AT&T; she's in charge of the 
extranet web team. Children: Alexander 4 and Rebecca 
2. Cecily Schuiz Banks continues as a commercial liti- 
gation lawyer in Providence, Rl. Julie Shields Hickman 
married Dan Thompson 7/5/98, moved to |acl<son, MS. 
Prior to that, she worked on environmental issues for 
the CA State Legislature. Leigh Watkins Taylor (Cam- 
bridge, New Zealand) is a television producer and is 
involved with the horse industry. Daughter: Cracie 5. 
loan Byrne Voss (Arlington, VA) sells real estate; mar- 
ried Oliver in '90. Children: Brendan 5 and Heidi 3. 
Clair Clancy Ramsay (Little Rock) celebrated the 1" 
anniversary of her advertising business, RAMARC Spe- 
cialties. She and husband Rick enjoy their children limbo 
18, Liz 13, Alexandra 12 and Clancy 10. Kim Knox 
Norman (Atlanta) is a freelance graphic designer. Daugh- 
ter: Sally 2. Laura Croppe runs Girl Games, Inc. in 
Austin, TX. She is learning to surf. Mary Dragas Shearin 
and husband Lee own a business in Virginia Beach, and 
have 2 young daughters. Dale Banfield Banning (New- 
port News, VA) continues her home-based party supply 
business. Children: Will 5 and Mary Webb 4. Loellen 
Brooks Meyer (San Angelo, TX) is director of music at 
her church, and starting a fine arts school for children. 
Kids: Vivian 6 and Vic 4. Laura Morrissette Clark (Mo- 
bile, AD does SBC College Fairs. Children: Lee 1 1 and 
Taylor 9. Kelly Manderson Fitzpatrick (Memphis, TN) 
volunteers as the editor of the junior League's maga- 
zine, has two sons Tranum IV and Lewis. Cheryl Fortin 
Young volunteers with the ski patrol and her neighbor- 
hood association in Myrtle Beach, SC. Children: Tate 7, 
Timothy 3 and Kayla 1 . Caperton Morton Andersson, 
Christer (her husband of 6 years), and children Eli 9 and 
Beritjessie-Anna 2 live in Durham, NC. She is a volun- 
teer graphic artist at her son's school. Karia Kennedy 
Newman also in NC, teaches Sunday school and vol- 
unteers with the junior League. Children: Rebecca 5 
and twins William and David 2. Madge Hall Vosteen 
(Sterling, VA) volunteers with the Loudoun Therapeutic 
Riding Foundation. Daughters: Vaden 4 and Stryker Ann 
1. Heidi Belofsky Turk is busily raising her 2 children in 
Vienna, VA. She recently took up sidesaddle riding. 
Ginger Ryon Church is in Lynchburg, bringing up 
Alexandra 4 and Chandler 2. Patti Dolan Stuebe is a 
full-time mom to her 2 sons in Weston, CT. She will 
visit Hong Kong and Thailand in Nov. Lisa Fondeur 
Flaherty lives on a farm in Sussex Co., NJ, with hus- 
band and 5 children: Shane 8, Brent 6, Clay 5, English 
3 and Cameron 1. Lisa hopes that only daughter En- 
glish will go to SBC. Laurie Richmond McWilliams lives 
in Sydney, Australia with husband David and sons Reid 
I 4 and Cole 1 . Lori Waller Underwood (London) deliv- 
I ered Hayden Patricia 10/23/97. Other children: Avery 
6, Ryan 5 and Ashton 3. Jeanie Guthans Wilkins (Mo- 
bile) announces the birth of 3"' son, Joseph Michael. 
She works part time with the Chamber of Commerce. 
Debbie Fischer Oleisky gave birth to Emily Rebecca 2/ 



9/98. She assures us that 2"" children are NOT always 
easier to deliver! By the time these notes are published, 
there will be more arrivals. Beth Anderson Kearns (Bos- 
ton) and husband Ed expect a 1 ~' baby boy in May. Beth 
completed her MS in Training & Development at Lesley 
College. Kama Boswell Koudelka (Dallas) expects her 
3"' son in June. Melissa Geisel Parry, in a new house in 
Clifton Park, NY, anticipates her 3"* baby in July. Other 
children: Nicholas 4 and Alexandra 3. Also due in July, 
a r' baby boy for Gale Oerfli Braswell and husband 
David (St. Albans, MO). She works as a property man- 
ager for a planned community. Caroline Clayton Tuffs 
looks forward to birth of her 3"* child in July. Her home 
was featured in Baltimore's Spring House & Garden 
Show. Cafhrien de Kruyff-de Liagre Bohl, who works 
part-time as a marketer in a Netherlands food company, 
anticipates twins in Aug. Her P' child, Annigje, is 1. 
Chantal Pirrone Sexton (VA Beach) expects her 1 " child 
in Sept. She married Bill in '95, and works as a parale- 
gal. I'm thrilled to report that I, too, am expecting the 
birth of my V child, due in Oct. As always, it has been 
great fun receiving your notes. Because of space con- 
straints, I couldn't include everything. I hope I recorded 
the most important details, and look forward to hearing 
from you next year! 

1QiC'~l President: Junie Speight, 
l\/\J t Secretary: Cameron Claric Sipe, 
Fund Agent: Jean Lewis Guergai 
I was thrilled to have received so many responses after 
having our 10* reunion last May. One of you did not 
write your name on the response card so I was unable 
to include your news in our class notes. Apologies for 
editing, but we're suppose to keep it short. Here's the 
scoop! 

Angelyn Schmid is still an attorney in Dallas spe- 
cializing in environmental litigation. Karen Conway 
Holloway and husband Peter went to reunion with 
Angelyn and John, after visiting Angelyn in Piano, TX. 
Karen has two children, Briana (6) and Kevin (2). The 
Holloways still live in Southampton, England where 
Karen has returned to the graphic arts business. Caroline 
Taraschi reports having attended Christina Knowles 
Petite s wedding along with Valerie Cardinal, Melanie 
Nelson, Betsy Cunningham Morgan and Grace Quirk 
Thompson ('88). Christina and Gabriel are in the pro- 
cess of buying an old 1 795 farmhouse in the Princeton 
area. Jodi Ringland Outland is living outside Richmond 
with husband jim and sons Matthew (31 and Benjamin 
(8 mos.). She does some part-time consulting, but mostly 
she's a stay-at-home Mom. Ansley Merrift Conner is 
still in Atlanta and had her third girl, Liza, born 11/96 - 
busy with all three. She is also a stay-at-home Mom 
and volunteers at the girls' preschool. Blair Beebe Smith 
had a wonderful christening day for son. Harvard 
Birdsong, jr. Cameron Clark Sipe and Caroline Trask 
Wallace are godmothers. Sarah (6) and Peyton (3) love 
being big sisters and good helpers to Mama. Caroline 
Trask Wallace had Anna Trask 1 1/97 and Lizzie (3) loves 
being a big sister. Lee Carroll Roebuck loves being at 
home with Charles John (C.j.) born 8/96. She sees Pam 
Miscall Cusick who moved into a new home outside 
Baltimore, MD. Drew Hardy Jubert had a girl, Grace 
Nicole, on 8/23/97 and recently moved to Crofton, MD. 
Mary Yorke Robinson Oates is still in Charlotte, NC 
with her two boys Harris (4) and John (1). She sees 



Harriet McNair ('86), Kaky Connors Cassada ('86) and 
Sydney Marthinson. 

Terry Lawrence Wellington was married Decem- 
ber 1 996. Kimberly Williams Wallace and Jessica Lyons 

Casfroparedes attended the wedding. The Wellingtons 
live in Fredericksburg, VA and just had their first child 
Nash Lawrence. Terry is now at home full time. Suzanne 
Wells Bergmann is busy and happy with Leslie (41 and 
Bayard (2 in Feb.). She stayed with Ansley Merritt 
Conner last Sept. for a quick trip to Atlanta. |ill O'Ree 
Stryker is doing well in Nj. She and her husband have 
moved their pharmacy and gift store to a new location, 
and are also chasing around Elizabeth (4) and Richard 
Christopher (1 ). They had a visit with Lezlie Varisco Pinto 
and her family since they moved to PA. 

Georgianna Conger Wolcott is in Aiken, SC with 
husband Randy, waiting for the birth of their first child 
in April '98, and getting ready to move into a new house. 
Georgianna has joined the board of the Aiken Steeple- 
chase and is still painting and drawing for a living. Kelly 
Reed is living in the Capitol Hill area of Washington, 
D.C. and working for American Management Systems 
as a management consultant with lots of travel. She is 
still in the Army Reserves and Captain in the Transpor- 
tation Corps. After years of living in NYC and working 
in advertising, Ceecy Gunn finally moved back home 
to Austin, TX where she plans to start her own market- 
ing business. Anne Hales-Capo keeps in touch with 
Krysten Carter and Karen Holloway. She works at 
Hewlett-Packard as an Engineer in their Technical Sup- 
port Center. Two children Sarah (6) and Connor (3) fill 
her every waking moment with love and excitement. 
She would like to know where LaShaunVetzel has gone? 
Beth Parker is still scheduled to graduate May '98 with 
a Masters of Education in College Student Personnel 
Administration from James Madison University and con- 
tinues as Assistant Director of Financial Aid at jMU . She 
enjoys seeing children and grandchildren whenever 
possible. Mina Von Voss is still doing a temporary stint 
working for John Ward, a thoroughbred trainer based 
in Lexington, KY. She will be back to work at the veteri- 
nary clinic, Hagyard-Davidson-McGee, at the end of 1/ 
98. 

Linda Mae Visocan's position on the SBC Alumnae 
Board, Second Vice President, has enabled her to chair 
reunion weekends for the past three years. She states, 
"It is much more exciting when it's your class celebrat- 
ing its 10"' reunion! Thanks to everyone who made our 
10''' so memorable." Barbara Smith is living in 
Hillsborough, CA, in her eighth year on the west coast. 
She is selling residential real estate and loves it - enjoy- 
ing one of the hottest markets in the country. She keeps 
in touch with Mariah Smith Malik ('86) and Ellen Tozzer 
Smith. She also enjoyed catching up with many SBC 
friends at McKenzie Reed's wedding in Richmond. Leslie 
Ross Kellogg was sorry to have missed the reunion due 
to a family wedding. She just had a baby boy in July - 
Tom IV. She is now in Lawrenceville, Nj settling in and 
meeting people. She's getting together with Kelly Brown 
Varga (also in Nj and due with her second child 1 0/97) 
and hopes to get together with Anne Mobley Hassett in 
CT. (Anne is due with baby gid #2 1 /98). Mary Via Cuoco 
reports having a great time at reunion but will come by 
herself and not pregnant the next time for an even bet- 
ter time! She and her family are settling into the Chicago 
area, meeting people and taking advantage of all that 
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Carroll Antoinette "Ann" 11/97. Erin Kelley Dubzinski 
Is teaching h.s. Spanish. She has returned several limes 
to Spain after her |r. Year Abroad and has lived in Mexico 
as well. She enjoyed seeing Page Franson last summer. 
Liz Wilson Parrisli stays busy with Tommy (4) and Libby 
(1 ) in Richmond, VA. Anne Bourne now lives in Atlanta 
and is working on a second and third Bachelor's in Ac- 
counting and Computer Information Systems. She 
planned to take the CPA exam 11/97. She sees Priscilla 
Newton Carroll and Ellen Tozzer Smith regularly. Dawn 
Wronski Martinez has been livingin UT for eight years. 
A beautiful place to live and raise children Sheridan 
(12), Emily (11), and Christopher (9). They play soccer, 
tennis, ski and hike -never a dull moment. Liz McKnight 
Whatley teaches first grade at Briarwood Christian 
School and coaches the swim team. She is expecting 
her first child 1/98. 

Melanie Nelson has a new job as Corporate Com- 
munications Director at Friedman, Billings, Ramsey 
(FBR), an investment bank based in D.C. Still living in 
D.C., as she bought a house three years ago. Shannon 
Wood Bush loved seeing everyone at reunion. Daugh- 
ter Eleanor turned two and has discovered swimming 
and shopping. ..her mother's revenge has come true; 
Eleanor loves dresses, nail polish, bows in her hair and 
lipstick! Betsy Baker and husband, Jeff Wills, are get- 
ting ready to move to Charlottesville, VA for her medical 
research job at UVA. Son, Aaron Jeffrey Wills, was born 
3/26/97, still getting used to three children! Rebecca 
Michie McVeigh adores being at home with Emory 
Harris born 8/1/97. Emory's godmothers are Courtney 
Banton Alford and Victoria Chumney along with 
Rebecca's two sisters. Vikki Schroeder is still with Tar- 
get Stores after ten years but is now an Energy Operations 
Specialist, working on ways for the 800 stores to re- 
duce their energy usage which includes a lot of travel. 
She also works with a new rock band called "Don't 
Ask". She handles some of the marketing and when 
needed she runs sound. Heather Davenport McCastlain 
is still in Little Rock, AR and missed reunion for her son 
William's christening. )ulie Geddes was present as god- 
mother. Heather is busy at home with two children and 
Jr. League activities. Sydney Marthinson is still in Char- 
lotte, NC working for First Union (10 years Sept.'97). 
She is Vice President and Quality Process Leader for a 
special project called Future Bank. She planned on at- 
tending Dede Connors King's daughter's baptism 10/ 
97. Anne M. Parrel! is living in Antioch, IL, an hour 
north of Chicago, and working at a Mixed Animal Hos- 
pital. She says she's not married but does have two dogs 
and three cats to keep her company. Teresa Pike Ma- 
jors planned a 1 2/97 wedding to Trip (WadeTomlinson), 
along with buying and renovating a house in Colum- 
bus, GA. Trip and Teresa work for the same law firm. 
Teresa ran into Verda Andrews-Stroud at a legal semi- 
nar. She looks exactly the same! Verda is now the Asst. 
District Attorney for Clayton County (Atlanta), GA. 
Victoria Chumney loved seeing everyone at the reunion 
- just like old times. She plans on a trip to VA soon to 
visit her godchild Emory Harris McVeigh (Rebecca 
Michie's daughter). J.J. Fried Smith and husband, Chris, 
have been in Germany with the U.S. Army for three 
years with another two to go. She admits it's been handy 
having been a German major. They had their second 
child 1 0/28/96 so are now a two girl household. Maggie 
Fogarty and husband, Tim, loveNH! They hike as much 
as they can and are trying to climb all 48 of NH's 4,000 



foot peaks! She enjoys her job as a social worker for 
Catholic Charities and her volunteer work with survi- 
vors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Amy 
Watkins enjoys being godmother to Liz Wilson Parrish's 
baby girl, Libby, baptized 1/98. Amy also traveled to 
Egypt in January for work. Paige Taylor Grundy and 
husband, Mark, live in Redondo Beach, CA. Paige is 
District Sales Manager for Metrotrans Corp., manufac- 
turers of high-end shuttle and tour buses. She was 
recently awarded "Rookie of the Year." She travels fre- 
quently to trade shows and recently saw Evan Wright 
in Miami. Paige goes back to VA often to visit her fam- 
ily and Paige Shiller ('88). 

Kathy Bryan Sanders just moved from Chicago to 
Colorado Springs, CO. They are busy getting settled but 
find it beautiful. Josh is in 1" grade, Emily is 4 and Tommy 
is 1 . "I have my hands full!" Louise Gilliam McGrady 
had her third son, Harrison, 10/97. Wilson (61 and Alex 

(4) are enjoying being big brothers. They love living in 
Charlottesville and Louise has taken an extended leave 
of absence to stay at home with all three children. She 
stays in touch with Brooke Rinehart Dunn ('88), Anne 
Fiery McGregor and Suzanne Wells Bergmann. Dana 
Driver-Rogers is still in Dallas producing news at WFAA- 
TV. Liz Stoebner Wiley still practices appellate law in 
Houston. Her big news is the birth of her first child, 
Cameron Bradley Martin Wiley, born 5/24/97. Due to 
his birth she was unable to make the reunion. As for 
me, I am enjoying being class secretary and now need 
glasses trying to figure out everyone's handwriting! I love 
being a Mom to my two little boys, Charles Yancey, Jr. 

(5) and Landon "Clark" (2). I also teach preschool two 
mornings a week - putting that teaching certificate to 
good use! 



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Presidents: Stacey Sickels 
'0 Meckel, Kathleen Meredith 
lacobelli, Secretary; Tracy 
Tigerman Thompson, Fund 
Agents: Cameron Cox Hirtz, 
Stephanie Sprouse Macoy 
Christine Diver Ans spent 18 months in Carmisch, 
Germany and had a daughter, Amanda 4/20/96 while 
there. She and Matt are back in Camp Lejeune NC. Lisa 
Haggart Arnold and Bill are back on the east coast in 
New York, Lisa works for Ralph Lauren and Bill is on 
Wall Street. Virginia Bennett will marry Roy Leeds on 
6/6/98. Roy is an insurance adjuster with Great West in 
Bloomington, IN. Denise Landau Blind and Fred wel- 
comed daughter Chelsea Eileen into their world on 1 2/ 
1/97. Lisa Dalehite Brinkmann is attending the Univ. of 
Texas school of nursing, hoping to graduate in 3 1/2 
years with a MS in nursing and a Pediatric Nurse 
Practitioner's license. The family, Johannes, Patrick (5) 
and Monika (15 mo.) keep her busy. Dr. Eden 
Zuckerman Brown and Bill will be opening a private 
practice in the country. Jennifer Roach Childs is keep- 
ing busy in Boulder, CO. )ulie Martin Collins and Jerry 
are happy in TN teaching Sunday school and partici- 
pating in community projects. Leslie Corrada has a 
photography studio in San Francisco, CA where she does 
portraits, social and public relations events and of 
course, weddings. She taught at the Academy of Arts 
College. Suzanne Reed Creveling is enjoying Isabel, 2, 
and Andrew (born 8/11/97) in Mobile, AL. Susan 
Detweiler taught mountaineering and rock climbing for 



the National Outdoor Leadership School in WY and WA 
State. She resides in Carbondale, CO. Andrea Fraley is 
in architectural school in Denver. Katrina Evans Gatti 
keeps busy with Mary Claxton (1) and Junior League. 
Paul has accepted a job offer in GA in a combined 
management position of 3 factories. The family will re- 
locate to GA. Erica Hennig wed in June after traveling 
to Malaysia to meet her fiancee's parents. She is an In- 
formation Specialist at the SC Dept. of Commerce after 
completing her 2nd master's degree in Library and In- 
formation Science. Cameron Cox Hirtz and Tony moved 
to Fayetteville, NC where Tony is at Fort Bragg Army 
Base. Cameron still works as an environmental consult- 
ant for a DC based company. Kate Cole Hite and Tucker 
moved to Annapolis, MD, after Tucker left the marine 
corps. Kate left Ernst and Young to join USNA Alumni 
Association as their controller. Tucker is doing financial 
planning for Academy Financial. Cheryl-Lynn Horowitz- 
Matheny and Marshall are in Orlando where 
Cheryl-Lynn is Vice President of Human Resources for 
a national training company. Kelly Meredith lacobelli 
and John moved to Atlanta where Kelly, after finishing 
her MBA in marketing from Case Western Reserve Univ., 
is a regional marketing manager with Canandaigua Wine 
Co. She is responsible for the premier brands in six states. 
Kathryn Ingham teaches 3rd grade at Towe Hill School, 
a private school in Wilmington, DE. She will marry 
Barton Reese 1 2/1 9/98. He works with admissions at a 
rival private school. Julie Jackson is in Oakland, CA in 
the fitness industry as a personal trainer specializing in 
back therapy. Julie Lindauer Jacobson attends grad. 
school in the Physicians Assistant Program at Emory 
Univ. in Atlanta. Maia Free jalenak is doing a summer 
semester in Paris for her master's degree in art history. 
Elizabeth Belser Kistler works with Blockbuster in their 
corporate office in Spartanburg and chases after Lauren, 
20 mos. Denton Freeman Kump completed her doctor- 
ate in Immunotoxicology from the Medical College of 
VA. She and her husband, Cyrus, had a baby boy, Wil- 
liam Wyatt Freeman Kump on 9/1 1/97. Cyrus starts his 
residency in Orthopedic Surgery at MCV. Kelly 
O'Connor has been volunteering with the junior league 
of Nashville and looking at graduate schools. Heidi 
Metzger Potter enjoys being at home with Andrew (5) 
and Collin (1). Jennifer Pedrick had her first child, Lydia 
Pedrick DeAngelo, on 1 2/1 7/94. She will earn her Mas- 
ters of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School 6/98 and 
hopes to be ordained in the Episcopal Church and be- 
gin a career in Parish Ministry. Anne Powell is an 
attorney with John Hancock Financial Services in Bristol, 
VA. Jennifer Bach Rosen and Rob have a new baby 
boy, Matthew Charles (born 5/11/97). Rob is project 
manager at Laitram in New Orleans and Jennifer is 
Newman's Learning Specialist for the middle school and 
college counselor for part of the upper school. Mary 
Halliday Shaw's twins turned 6 in Nov. and Kevin was 
2 in Aug. Mary still sells real estate at Julia B. Fee Inc. in 
NY. Melinda Sher is a manager for a recreational equip- 
ment CO in CO. Lisa Tennant Sherrill and Eric were 
married 1/94 and moved to Houston. Lisa is a contract 
accountant/analyst for GE Power Systems. Eric is a tech- 
nical services analyst at an electronics firm. Paige Shiller 
is a Senior Account Exec, at KSK Communications, a 
full service AD/PR agency in DC, where she handles 
high-tech accounts. Grace Quirk Thompson is busy in 
Kansas City with Caroline (3) and Georgia (2). Marjorie 
Holthaus Tomaso and Bob are busy with Charlie (6), 
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work in St. Louis. Kelly Brown Varga and Geoff and 
lack (18 mos.) welcomed Emery leane 10/12/97. Nici 
Fraley Willlains has gone back to practicing law in Bir- 
mingham, AL. Carrie Winkler is hving in Manhattan 
doing residential decorating. She will marry- Clive Rovve 
in Toronto in the summer of 1998. Heather Shettle 
WHherspoon and Bill are busy between law offices, their 
little company, working on their house and chasing 2 
daughters (Amanda 2 and Cece 5 mos.). Danny and I 
keep busy chasing after Ryan, now 2. Danny is farming 
and I continue in my third grade classroom. Can't wait 
until May. See you all then. 

President: Kimberly Kline, 
' v Secretary: Emmy Leung, Fund 

Agent: Beth Roland 
Technology really makes a difference! I've heard from 
many of you, via email, that have not written in the 
past. Some even logged onto SBC Alumnae web page. 
(If you haven't checked it out, you should!) It has also 
helped in locating many of our lost classmates. If you 
know of anyone who has moved, please have them send 
in an update. I usually end the "Notes" with my news, 
but for a change, I'll start. I have a new job as the 
BioProducls Technical Representative at Wako Chemi- 
cals USA. I will have the opportunity to travel to Osaka, 
)apan, where the Waco company is located, and hope 
to visit SBC friends. I went to New Orleans for Madeleine 
Blanchard's marriage to James Corbo 1/31/98. Allyson 
Welch Cain was her matron-of-honor. Mad and )im (Al- 
exandria, VA) both work for the American Red Cross 
National Headquarters in DC. Sandy Compton (Laurel, 
MD) teaches 1'' grade and married Neil Sellman 4/3/ 
98. Sarah Anderson Stanton and Murray welcomed their 
1" child, Cray Adams on 3/21. Pauline Hanson Palm 
and husband Chris live in Arlington, TX; Pauline teaches 
and works at a museum part-time. Christina Stoltz mar- 
ried Scott Feldkamp 9/20/97. Chrissy works for Mary 
Kay Cosmetics and Scott is a teacher. Their email is 
mkayapple@aol.com. Kate Robinson married )ohn 
Hillestad 7/3. Beth Donald Owen married Bill on 7/1 9/ 
97; Bill is originally from Reading, England, but both 
reside in Columbus, OH. Heather Varney Rooney lives 
in Denver, CO with husband Frank IW&L). They had 
their 3'" daughter, Ashlyn 12/21/97. Other children: 
Hailey 5 and Hunter 3. Clara Green continues as an 
actress and singer in DC. She has begun directing and 
producing. She signed on with an agent and is looking 
for film work. Krista Biggs (Louisville, KYI is back in 
grad. School. Susan Stoebner finished her Art History 
MA and worked for a while on the children's show Wish- 
tmne. She moved to LA where she would like to work 
in film development. On the way she visited Laura 
Mangus, who relocated to Northern NM. She sold the 
Herb School, but still teaches. Whitney Bay adopted a 
ferret named Marley. She spent a week in Paris with her 
Mother 5/97, traveled to Thailand and San Diego on 
business, and saw Michele Beauvais Malseed in Tulsa, 
OK. Nancy Quinones Chancier, Bob, and their 2 grey- 
hounds and 2 cats are in Richmond, VA. Nancy changed 
jobs and now markets the Commonwealth of VA to com- 
panies thinking of expanding and/or relocating. Camelia 
Washington teaches 4* grade in Newport News, VA. 
She completed her MS in Elementary/Middle School Ed. 
from ODU. She has pledged the Hampton Alumnae 
Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority. She visited Geneal 
Darden Lauder 1 2/97, while she was expecting her 1 " 



child. She and husband Richard had a baby girl 1/8. 
Camelia also saw Tiffin! Minatel while in NY. Elizabeth 
Pokes and husband, an Atlanta lawyer, plan to travel to 
Rome and Medjugorje. Rachel Hickman-Thiebes is now 
a stay-at-home mom with son, Alexander. Her husband 
is still in the Army, and they are still in Stuttgart, Ger- 
many. loAnn Bogolin lives in Atlanta with her 
greyhound, Danielle, and works for Towers Perrin. 
Stacey Hannan Quinn and husband Michael had their 
wedding and honeymoon in Aruba. They are renovat- 
ing and decorating their home in Boca Raton, FL. Their 
yellow lab puppy also keeps them busy. Stacey creates 
system documents for wireless communication systems 
as a principal technical writer for Siemens Telecom 
Networks. Amy Sanidas works for Deloitte & Touche 
Management Consulting in San Francisco. She is also 
starting her own information consulting business. She 
and boyfriend Dan traveled in SE Asia. Anyone travel- 
ing to the Bay area can email Amy at 
asanidas@earthlink.nel. Courtney Keil Price and hus- 
band moved from England 3 years ago, and bought their 
1" home. Courtney stays home with children (Emma 2 
and Robin 4), but works part-time as an Avon Repre- 
sentative. Leslie Braginetz married Mich Lemish 12/28/ 
97; they are redecorating their home in Great Falls, VA. 
Leslie transferred to Internet Consulting Services at EDS 
and will do Web Development. Audrey Mullen can be 
seen and heard on C-Span & conservative talk radio. 
She works for ATR, loves lobbying in DC for conserva- 
tive fiscal policy issues, and was profiled in the 2/98 
issue of Harper's Bazaar. Margaret Frazier has bought 
a house in Memphis, TN and has new job as Director 
of Development at the Memphis Botanic Garden. Wheal 
Story married Todd Teller (Ole Miss '90); he graduated 
seminary at Covenant Presbytarian Church in Clarksdale, 
MS. Wheat teaches kindergarten and expects her 1" 
child 10/98. Kelli Ketchum Morgan and husband Jim 
married 7/6/96: they live in Huntington, WV, bought a 
house and are remodeling. Their baby was due in June. 
Tish Markey Hutter and Rob (W&L '88) live in Minne- 
apolis with Harrison 3 and Katherine 2. They returned 
to Lexington for Rob's reunion in May. Christen Ander- 
son married Tom Abernathy in Rumson, N|, 7/97. They 
live in Chicago, IL. Rebecca Hendrix was part of the 
wedding party. She works in Ridgefield, CT as a mer- 
chandise manager for Inflight Duty Free Shop, a division 
of Duty Free International. Rebecca sends news of sev- 
eral classmates, (THANKS!). Penny Burnett is 
merchandising for Target in Minneapolis. Dana de Holl 
is busy with twins. Debbie Schmidt works with Trusts 
and Estates at Sotheby's in NY. Lee Lefkovits Dawkins 
is busy with baby, Everette, in Birmingham, AL. Jill 
Causby Skerlak and Michael moved to Seattle from 
Southern CA. They look forward to making their home 
on the East Coast. Mike is a merchandiser for Home 
Depot, and lill works in management at Talbots. Eliza- 
beth Howie married Dennis Scott Christian 8/1 . They 
honeymooned in Turkey. )ulie Littleton Smith and Buddy 
expected their 2'** child (boy) in May: Harrison 5 started 
kindergarten. Helen Bradley Tarbutton and Charles still 
live in Sandersville. They had their 1 *' child, Mary Helen 
McNatt Tarbutton 6/5. Twig Odell Tucker and family 
live in Richmond, VA. )immy works for AMF Bowlings 
and Twig stays at home with their 2 sons: Jack 3 and 
William Rezeau, born 6/23/97. She visited in FL with 
Jill Needham Dunn and her son Ryan 1 . Twig hopes to 
see Karen Greer Goss, who now has 2 boys, this Fall. 
She keeps in touch with Amy Ottaway Zambetti who 



also has 2 boys. She is back in Atlanta, after living in 
Brussels. (You are right Twig, no SBC students here!) 
Deanna "Bunny" Catana Lemert (FL) left her job to be 
a full-lime mom to daughter, Phebe, born 7/97. They 
moved into a new house along with their Westie, 
Campbell. Christina Hostelly married Edmund F. 
Capozzi in Aug. at Bald Peak Colony Club in NH. 
Edmund graduated from Brown U., and is President of 
Modern Industries, Inc., which specializes in custom 
cabinetry and high-end custom molding. They will live 
in Providence, Rl. Laura Lawson Trevey, Sam and Carole 
1, are still in Richmond and expect their I"' child in 
June. Laura works part-time as a travel agent. Suzanne 
Rester Watson and husband, Tom, live in Atlanta. She 
is an interior designer for Dilger-Gibson. Angle Cabell 
married Richard Wolkiewicz in Oia, Greece 10/20/97. 
They live in Powhatan, VA. Donna Meyer Hodgert 
(Lynchburg) enjoys her 5* year of teaching 6"' grade at 
Forest Middle School in Bedford. Her son Cal 3 also 
keeps her busy. She had the opportunity to be assistant 
swim coach at RMWC. Brook Haw Spencer had an- 
other baby girl, Millicent Crawford Spencer 2/2, and 
daughter Elsie is 4. Shelley Brashear Tomlln is busy with 
Haley 3 and Edward James I . She is active in the Junior 
League volunteering at Parkland Hospital, and works 
toward her Pediatrics Nurse Practitioner's license. Her 
husband's antique business has allowed for some buy- 
ing trips to NY. Tracy Carter Warren is expecting another 
baby in Nov. Daughter Caroline is 3. They will relocate 
to DC from CT since Andy has a new job with CE Capi- 
tal. Michelle Henderson McGhee and her husband 
bought a house last summer, after their apartment was 
burned by an arsonist. She is a legal assistant with a law 
firm in Atlanta, and volunteers while helping Ramona 
Leonard plan her wedding. It will soon be time for our 
1 0* Reunion! 1 look forward to seeing everyone in May 
■99. Take care! 



/OO I President: Suzanne Petrie Brady, 
Iv'v'/ Secretary: Kimberley "Kimber" 

Hatter Ellis, Fund Agent: Beth 

Hensley Martin 
Here is the latest from our classmates. Stephanie Berger 
lives in CO and works in public administration. She 
worked with the AIDS walk last year and sees Jen 
Kemper frequently. She will be locating to either Wash- 
ington, DC or San Francisco, CA soon. Amy Bryan 
married Jay Merselis on 7/5/97 and finished her masters 
in classical studies at the Univ. of St. Andrews in Scot- 
land. She owns her own business in Williamstown, PA. 
Betsy Butler lives in Columbus, OH and was chosen as 
one of the Forty Under Forty honoreesby Business First, 
a local newspaper. Vickie Campo Byrd lives in Augusta, 
GA and is Director of Communications with the Au- 
gusta Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau. She 
and Garnett (HSC'90) celebrated their first anniversary 
9/97 with a trip to Bermuda and attended the Masters 
Golf Tournament. Cara Ardemagni LaRoche ('92) and 
her husband visited with Vickie and Gar this summer. 
She keeps in touch with Trienel Ahearn ('92), Marie 
Wright Haider, Stacey Lawrence and Twig Odell Tucker 
('89). Katherine Cooper Hoffman lives in Bethesda, MD 
where she works at a newstalk radio station and is build- 
ing a house. Ann Crow Galanides and husband 
welcomed a new daughter this past summer. Allene 
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she is pursuing her art degree at USM. Stacey Lawrence 
visited with her and she l<eeps in touch with Jennifer 
Gregg. Melanle Duke has relocated to Washington, DC 
from Miami, FL and frequently travels to visit SBC class- 
mates. She was in Stephanie Brundage's ('92) wedding 
8/97, visited with Laurel LeStrange in Charleston, SC 
and visited with Amber Vellenga in KY last summer. 
Ruth Ewers works as a case manager for Region Ten 
Community Services in Charlottesville, VA and writes 
articles for children's magazines. She is also working 
on her first book. Mamie Farmer Farley lives in Rich- 
mond, VA. She and Matthew celebrated their first 
anniversary 6/97. He is in his third year of law school 
and Mamie still works for Daniel Realty Corporation. 
Shelbie Filson lives in Lynchburg, VAand works for the 
Lynchburg Fine Arts Center. She taught an acting class 
to 6-10 year olds and performed in a local production 
of Crease. Cwen Fisher Clew lives in Seattle, WA with 
her husband Rich who works for the Microsoft Corpo- 
ration. She is 1/3 of the way through her pediatric 
medical residency Christine Flint Canterbury and hus- 
band Joe live in Germany. She is an English teacher for 
various companies and he works for Mercedes-Benz. 
They both love the beer but are tired of the sausage! 
Renee Gardner and her fiance are traveling in Austra- 
lia. Nicole Cauthier has been traveling extensively with 
work and visited Australia with her husband and Melinda 
Wick {'92) in 11/97 to go scuba diving on the Great 
Barrier Reef. Kathryn Glass is in her last year of resi- 
dency at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis, TN. She will 
start a 4-year assignment with the Navy as a family phy- 
sician the summer of '98. She lives in Holly Springs, 
MS with her husband |ohn |HSC'90) and their 1 year 
old daughter. Catherine Goslau lives in Denver, CO and 
is a personal banker with Vectra Bank. She will be show- 
ing her new horse in 1998 and keeps in touch with 
Tammy O'Malley. Jennifer Gregg lives in Atlanta GA 
and works for Egleston Children's Hospital. She keeps 
in touch with many SBC friends through E-mail. Kathryn 
Flagist Yunk will be moving to Wl soon with her hus- 
band where he has a new job in computer consulting. 
She traveled to Germany, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico 
last year and visited with Carey Bates in Washington, 
DC. Lorraine Haire Stanley lives in Fairfax and is the 
Assistant Principal at the Town & Country School of 
Vienna. She and Bill have been remodeling their home 
and he has moved to a large prominent law firm in Ar- 
lington. Signee Hoffman lives in Bakersfield, CA and 
joined the staff of Mind & Body Chiropractic 10/96. She 
swam across the San Francisco Bay and joined the 
Bakersfield Rotary 6/97. Karen Hott lives in Atlanta, 
working for an interior design firm and working towards 
a second B.A. degree in Interior Design. Erin Katz lives 
in NY and is a fourth year med. student at St. George's 
Univ. School of Medicine. Ann Keating lives in 
Centreville, MD and is a site engineer for a national 
business internet carrier in Washington, DC. She lives 
with her fiance Philip and her )ack Russell Terrier Remus. 
Jen Kemper lives in Denver, CO with her boyfriend |er- 
emy and recently bought a house. She was promoted to 
Pre Press Manager at the publishing company she works 
for and she manages the editors and designers. Mary 
Lansford Price and her husband Tim will be moving to 
Charlottesville from Haymarket, VA soon. She enjoys 
riding and he is a senior programmer at Kesmai Corp. 
Stacey Lawrence lives in NY and was recently promoted 
to assistant vice-president at ITG, Inc. She joined the 
junior League, visited with Marie Wright Holder in Italy 



and Allene Doucette Miller. Emily Leming lives in Green 
Village, N| and received her EMT certificate 11/96. She 
volunteers for the Chatham Emergency Squad, works 
for Liss Pharmacy and keeps in touch with Amber 
Bennett Moncure. Leigh Matzdorf lives in Philadelphia 
and works for Option One Mortgage. She will be get- 
ting married 1 2/97. Amy Dickson Riddell ('92) is matron 
of honor and Nancy Quinones Chancier ('89) is also in 
the wedding. Brice McRae Tenison is expecting her sec- 
ond child 3/98. She is teaching riding lessons and enjoys 
living on a farm with her husband and daughter. Raynelle 
Muench Araque was married 1 0/96 to Carlos Araque at 
the Basilica di San Marco in Venice, Italy. She works for 
Clinique and substitute teaches in Fairfax, VA. She and 
her husband plan to open a restaurant in the summer of 
1998. Suzanne Petrie Brady is the director of Latin 
American Programs at the LI.S. Air Force Academy in 
Colorado Springs. Elliott Pitts lives in Maine and works 
for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. She writes a weekly 
newspaper column and spent a fantastic summer on 
Squirrel Island and in Camden biking, hiking and 
kayaking. Lisa Rabasca Dougherty lives in NY, works at 
the Stony Brook School of Medicine and is the 
cheerleading coach. Megan Read Lindberg and hus- 
band Eric (HSC) welcomed a son last summer. Beth 
Robinson Dean lives in AL and teaches third grade at 
Mountain Brook Elementary School. She visits with her 
dad on Anna Maria Island, FL once a month. Susan Sick- 
les Dyer finished her graduate program in business at 
Harvard Extension 6/97 and relocated to Woodside, CA 
with her husband and son. They welcomed a second 
son 10/97, Theodore Austin Dyer. D'Andra Simmons 
lives in Santa Monica, CA and works in Beverly Hills as 
a writer and production assistant. She will be traveling 
to the Caribbean with her family 1 2/97 and will attend 
the Cannes Film Festival in France 5/98. She is in the 
process of starting her own production company and 
she keeps in touch with Amy Lemieux, Connie Gehrman 
and Kristen Walberg. Susan Spurrell, in Richmond, is 
working toward her masters. She joined the junior 
League in 1996 and is the Assistant Director of the 
Maymont Foundation. Kristen Walberg lives in Wash- 
ington, DC and is getting married 6/98 in Newport, Rl. 
As for me, Kimber, I am enjoying life in Nellysford, VA 
(near Wintergreen) with my husband, two year old son, 
and my two jack Russell Terriers. I keep in touch with 
many 1991 SBC classmates and Katherine Black ('92). 
I coach for the Seminole Lacrosse League in 
Charlottesville during the summers. My family suffered 
a tragic loss on November 14, 1997 - my brother died 
after complications from a motorcycle accident that 
happened in June 1 997. I hope to hear from all of you 
again real soon. 



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President: Catherine Gornto 
Freeman, Secretary: Kimberly 
Olmstead Calhoun, Fund Agents: 
Keeiy Sullivan Jurgovan, 
Margaret McClellan Driscoll 
Amy Johnson Thompson and husband Mike both work 
for Anderson Consulting in Houston. They both are in- 
volved with an inner city mentoring program and travel 
for fun. Katey Miller Hennig and husband Gary had a 
baby boy, Caswell August Hennig, on 5/10/97! She has 
a 2-year leave of absence from teaching to be at home 
with him and loves it! Jennifer Toomey Driscoll and 
husband Charles (W-n-L '89) enjoy living in Annapolis 



and preparing for the arrival of Baby Driscoll in late 
March, jen works for the Challenger Center in Alexan- 
dria VA. Julianne Hanneken Linza and |im are expecting 
their first child in May. She finished her masters and 
they plan to build a house soon. Trienel Ahearn is busy 
with her job at Labat-Anderson which has taken her to 
England, WA state, TX, and NH to name a few! She is 
pursuing her masters at the University of CO in Denver 
and enjoys all the CO activities. 

Catherine Gornto Freeman and her husband are 
enjoying "N'awlins" where she was promoted to De- 
velopment Director of the Museum at Longue Vue House 
and Gardens Lori Saraniero Butterfield and her hus- 
band are moving to Charleston, SC from CT and building 
a house in Mt. Pleasant. Lori started her own business 
of hand-painted glassware called Fields Glassware - look 
for it at Nordstrom!! Ashley Cobb Wilhite and her hus- 
band Travis both enjoy working for Dell Computer in 
Austin, TX, bought their first home and are renovating. 
Margaret McClellan had a great Thanksgiving with Jen- 
nifer Toomey Driscoll and Tracy Scileppi. She enjoys 
her job at Alexander O'Neil Haas and Martin, a fund 
raising consulting firm. She is expecting the arrival of 
Baby Driscoll in May Jaimie Del Monte Galbreath's 
daughter, Katherine Townsley, was born 3/18/98. Amy 
Peck is godmother. Kelly Brown Estes is busy as a mom 
to Benjamin, 1 6 mos., and as a teacher in Rappahannack 
County She keeps in touch with Heather Metzler Allen 
and is going to Megan Spadaro's July wedding. Liz Roane 
is a Corporate Sales Executive for Tiffany and Co. in 
NYC. She went home for Thanksgiving and spent time 
with Ginger Marks Collier '91 . 

Kate Haw is fulfilling a dream of working and living 
in NYC! She loves her job as Director of Peter Tillou 
Works of Art-a gallery on the upper East Side. She spends 
time with Kimberly McGraw Euston, Diana Bradford 
and Stephanie Sage '88. Cara Ardemagni LaRoche and 
her husband are in Pittsburgh and Cara loves her job at 
Ellis Ian all-girls school environment that reminds her a 
lot of SBC!) teaching 5th grade maths. She saw Julie 
Brideweiser and Amy Dickson Riddell, her husband Tim 
and their daughter, Lauren at Leigh Matzdorf's '91 wed- 
ding in Dec. Anne Vogel will be married on 4/1 8/98 in 
VT to jason Swan whom she met at New England Culi- 
nary Institute. Heather Swenberg '93 will be one of her 
bridesmaids. Anne hopes to pursue baking and pastries 
as her culinary expertise. Emily Ghiz also graduated from 
New England Culinary Institute and is in CO managing 
the bakeshop at the Ritz Carlton making croissants, 
Danish pastry brioche! Kimberly McGraw Euston and 
her husband Greg moved to NY in Oct. She is working 
on Wall Street for JP Morgan, trading foreign currencies 
for pension funds, speculators, etc. She took the big 
plunge from an airplane on a skydiving trip with cli- 
ents!! Jenny BrodliebCacioppo was married 11/8/97 to 
lames Cacioppo in NYC. At the wedding, Ann Lindquist, 
Pokey DuPont Schiff, Jackie Geels, Lisa Grego, Bonnie 
Insalaco Abrams '93, Hopie Carter '94, and Kim 
Clayton '94 all came to wish them well. She is still 
working in PR. at Ralph Lauren and looks forward to 
seeing her sister, Sam Brodlieb '98, graduate from SBC. 

Leily Romo moved to NC after having worked for a 
year at SBC as a sabbatical replacement. She is finish- 
ing her dissertation, teaching at the university, and also 
working part-time at a research center for child devel- 
opment as well as learning the piano, and keeping up 
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moved to Atlanta after several years in Savannah with 
her husband, Morris and her son Tripp. She is selling 
Discovery Toys while keeping up with her son and two 
dogs! They aftectionately call their house Wild Yingdom! 
Kristen liljegren is doing a Ph.D. and teaching ESL at 
the University of Florida! Amy Ghiz is Marketing Man- 
ager for Loadmaster Systems and also works as a sales 
associate for Williams-Sonoma. She is taking ballroom 
dancing lessons, working on short stories, and hopes to 
go to France in Aug. or Sept. '98. Bretl Haltiwanger is 
working on her Ph.D. in Philadelphia and plans to move 
to San Francisco or Denver in about a year. Kathy 
Hughes starts her fourth year of veterinary school at 
Virginia Tech., and is also still working on her Ph.D.! 
She saw Marty laccarino and Kyra Meelan at Stephanie 
Brundage's wedding. Elaine Barksdale Finucane and her 
husband are in Nashville where she sells residential real 
estate and just bought a home herself. She and Michael 
grow tobacco on their 2-I- acres! Jennifer McCallum 
Brose is also practicing real estate and between the farm, 
work, pet therapy, and junior league she is very busy! 
Jennifer Valentine Van Ness and her husband |im enjoy 
their new house in Richmond with their two golden 
retrievers. Jennifer is selling real estate and coaching at 
St. Catherine's. Harriet Farmer is enjoying her first year 
as an art teacher at Steamboat Springs FH.S. Kelly G. 
Arden is moving to New York on 2/1 where she will 
continue her work in Mental Health counseling. She 
plans to get involved with |unior League, U.ofFI. Alum- 
nae, and Tri Delta alumnae groups in NY. Susan 
Schmindhauser graduated from CUNY School of Law 
at Queens College and is studying for the NY bar 2/98. 
She plans to move to MD to be closer to her family and 
hopes to get a job as a criminal prosecutor or represent- 
ing the poor. Melinda Wick is still with Carlson 
Marketing Croup. She travels all over the world and 
met Nicole Gauthier '91 and Claire Stapleton '91 in 
Australia! She also has seen Donna Peters '91 and Anne 
Knoke. Tracy Loftus Keller and her husband Christo- 
pher are in PA with a house full of cats and dogs! She 
works in a law office and enjoys fox hunting. Holly 
Caswell is Manager of Individual Support for the High 
Museum of Art in Atlanta. She will be married to David 
King in 6/98. She regularly sees Kimberly Olmstead, 
Margaret McClellan Driscoll, and Keeley Sullivan 
lurgovan 

Kristina Glusac is beginning the architecture license 
exams for IL. Charlotte Bonini moved back to the US 
(NY to be exact) and is finishing her Ph.D. Fall '97 she 
was in SE Asia to present a paper at a conference, visit 
some friends and have some R&R! Kelly Morton 
Robinson, her husband and their two children, Hannah 
and Andrew, moved into their new home 6/97. She vis- 
ited with Dabney Ledyard Hopkirk and Margaret 
McClellan Driscoll and loved seeing everyone at re- 
union. Lindsay Jenkins Matthews and her husband Paul 
and 2 children are living in Stamford CT Kathleen Davis 
Willis and her husband are in Bethal, ME where she 
works for the American Skiing Company in the market- 
ing dept. She keeps in touch with Holly Hicks '93 and 
Harriet Farmer. Alicia 'Pokey' Schiff Dupont is a para- 
legal in Los Angeles. She and her husband, Billy, live in 
West Hollywood. She was married in sunny CAon La- 
bor Day'96. 

I must mention what everyone wrote in her notes- 
"Reunion was excellent!" We missed all of you who 
could not make it! Please plan to come next time! As 
for my update-it was a wild year! I moved back to At- 



lanta from VA in June, was engaged to Clay Calhoun in 
Aug., and found a job with a computer company, 
IntelliNet, in Sept. Clay and I will be married in March 
and will stay in Atlanta. Thanks for all the news and 
notes! Have a blessed year! 

IQQ Q President: Ellen Ober, Secretary: 
IVVC Marissa Ashe Cole, Fund Agent: 

Cat Jannik 
Pamela Subranni Berman's twin girls, Colby and Lo- 
gan, will turn 3, 5/98. She and family live in Margate, 
NJ; Pamela works in real estate for Blumberg Associ- 
ates. Andrea Dickson finished her MA 5/97. She loves 
teaching HS English and Speech, and coaching Dance 
Team. Wendy Wilcoxson fennings lives in Amherst 
about a mile from SBC, plans to go to med school. For 
now she works at Lynchburg General ED as a health 
unit coordinator for the Army Reserve, and is active with 
the volunteer emergency services. Amy Waite (Atlanta) 
does HRIS training for ADP. She keeps in touch with 
several SBCers: Corrine judeikis, Carson Scheppe '95, 
Caitlin Sundby '94, Karen Hott '92, and Alison Chance 
Gabrielson '94. Amy went to Raleigh for Kristen 
Swenson's wedding where she saw Britt Ellison, Steph 
Brown and Eleanor Guild. Christen Bugg Watson mar- 
ried |. Patrick 10/18/96 in New Orleans. Kathy Ganahl 
and Bridgette Buynak were bridesmaids. Chris works 
as a HR consultant for GE Capital Mortgage in Raleigh. 
Tracy Parker is in grad school, Lynchburg College. Son 
Timmy is 2; they live in Madison Heights with Tracy's 
fiancee, Tim. |aki Loy Canaday and Brian (Roanoke) 
bought a 1 91 home, which they plan to renovate. She 
keeps in touch with Michelle Gibbs, Ginger Amon 
White '94 and Carolyn Bloxsom. Stacey McClain is 
engaged to Bob Folwell. Sabryna McClung and Lesley 
Byers '94 will be in the wedding. Stacey was recently 
promoted to Senior Developer at Cobra Tech. Lily 
Anderson is engaged to Gus Hartman, works for Nincon 
and plans a trip to New Orleans 5/98. Heather Greaves 
will graduate 8/98 with an MS degree, then plans a trip 
to S. Africa where she hopes to present her research at 
the International Equine Meeting. Mimi Davies Wroten 
and Neil are in their 2"'' year at SBC. Mimi teaches riding, 
takes students to IHSA and weekend shows. Mimi says 
SBC has some exciting future plans in the works. Ellen 
Ober (Falls Church) teaches 2"'' grade and works with 
Youth Group teens. Norma Bulls Valentine and Val 
bought a home, are busy with renovations. Norma 
started her own business, a barn specializing in dres- 
sage and combined training. Sister Nancy manages a 
show barn. They keep in touch with Megan Spadaro 
'92 and Tracy Imse. Tracy (Boston) purchased a condo 
and works for General Reinsurance. She spends free 
time with her 2 dogs and competes in horse shows. 
Hilary Taylor Bukumirovich is in her 2"'' year of law 
school at L5U. Beth James (Richmond) is a supervisor 
at First North American Natl Bank. She speaks with 
Muffin Steers Farese and Maria Bergh. Laura Goebel 
Hammer (lA) enjoys being a mom to Keith 2, and Ethan, 
born 1 0/97. Debra Elkins is in grad school at Texas A&M 
in Industrial Engineering and works on her dissertation 
research. Maura Hutchins (NYC) works in advertising 
on the account for lose Guerro Tequila. Annegref 
Weckerle (DC) works at Bell Atlantic's Law Dept. She 
recently saw Maura and Tutti Foshay while visiting NYC. 
Daniella Ceccarelli Toomey and Chris will graduate 5/ 
99, Chris as a DOS and Daniella with a BSN. Their home 



has grown to include 3 dogs and a cat, and Steph Brown 
lives in the loft upstairs. Steph and Daniella had a mini 
reunion with Eleanor Guild and Kerry O'Donnell be- 
fore Kerry headed to NY. Kerry has left the Nat'l Gallery 
in DC, taken a position as Director of Marketing and 
Communication at the Int'l Ticketing Association (INTIX). 
Kerry has gotten reacquainted with Lisa LaLonde, as Lisa 
recruited Kerry to help her move. Wendy Stevenson 
(Arlington) will graduate U MD 5/98 with an MA in 
Physical Therapy. She plans to visit England prior to start- 
ing a job at Sibley Memorial in DC. Camelot Lindauer 
will graduate law school 5/98, plans to take the OR bar 
exam. She interned at the Portland Museum in Art Law. 
Ashley Cells graduates from the Med. College of CA, 6/ 
98, and will head to Philadelphia to start training in 
Dermatology at Allegheny Hahnemann Hospital. Ashley 
keeps in touch with Bonnie Insalaco Abrams, Hopie 
Carter '94, and Karen Valanzano. Heather Swenberg 
graduates from Columbia U 5/98. She participates in 
horse shows and coaches the Columbia Equestrian 
Team. She will be a bridesmaid for Ann Vogel '92 and 
godmother to Melissa Thomason CToole's baby due 
4/98. She also keeps in touch with Melinda Junker and 
Camille Crawford. Holly Witt Ailken a nd husband trav- 
eled to Egypt - she traveled light through the desert 
because her luggage remained in Athens! Kay Pierce 
married Scott Sugarbaker 5/2 in Houston with Hilary 
Larson and Diane Hayes Doss as bridesmaids. Kristen 
Swenson Sloop's decorative painting business (Raleigh) 
keeps her busy while David is seeking another degree. 
Harpreet Bedi Garcha married Santidee 12/28/97. 
Harpreet works for Cisco Systems, Inc. as a corporate 
attorney. Kerry Pollack traveled to India to participate 
in the wedding ceremony. Jennifer Mooney (Tampa) 
works as a senior consultant for Pender Newkirk doing 
systems integration and Internet design. She plans to 
wed Christopher John Risey, a financial consultant to 
Tunstall, 10/3/98. Ashley File works in the Trauma unit 
at the Medical University of SC. She spends free time 
fishing and helping Elizabeth Harder plan her 9/19 
wedding to Elliott Botzis. Polly Crawford (McLean, VA) 
continues to work for Lord & Taylor, goes to night school 
for her MBA. Polly, Ashley, and Michelle MacMurtrie 
Constable will be bridesmaids for Izzy. Michelle and 
left' moved to Alexandria. She hosted a pre-reunion des- 
sert party 3/28 with Polly and Ellen Ober for all class 
members in the DC area. Erin Currie Reilly left the Girl 
Scouts to be a full-time mom. She and John welcomed 
Caitlin Susan 11/19/97. Beth Gilkeson, still with ABI, 
bought a condo in Alexandria and looks forward to be- 
ing an aunt for the 1 " time. Stephanie Turner works for 
the State of AZ Dept. of Commerce as the Trade Spe- 
cialist for the Americas. 1 married Andy Cole 7/26/97. 
Stephanie Hanson '94 gave a wonderful sermon as fel- 
low SBCers Ellen Ober, Lisa LaLonde, Danielle Tedesco 
and Mimi Davies Wroten looked on. Christina Andert 
Hoy, David, Conner (1 ) and Virginia stayed with Andy 
and me prior to Thanksgiving. We had a great visit as 
the Hoys searched for a home near David's new job in 
King of Prussia. I hope many of you plan to attend Re- 
union 5/29/98. See you back at SBC! 

IQ A r President: Holly Prothro Philbin, 
/ V v^V/ Secretary: Katie Maxwell, Fund 

Agent: Beverly Stone 
Holla, Holla, Class of 1995! It was great hearing from 
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such a comfort to have good ol' SBC keeping us in touch 
and together. Holly Profhro Phllbin nnarried Philhp on 
04/26/97 and they bought their first home. In their wed- 
ding, Sarah Glenn Stafford was maid of honor, and Leslie 
Toro and Brandy Holland ('96) were attendants. Sarah 
Glenn is working her way up the ladder at Camp Pe- 
gasus, a place that helps youths get their lives back on 
track. Robin Hendrickson lives in Dallas, has joined 
the Jr. League, and is active in her church Bible Study. 
Leslie lives with Polly Crawford '93 in Baltimore and 
works for Lord & Taylor. Amy Schroeder Hunter and 
Jeff live in HI and spend most of their time at the beach 
snorkeling around lava reefs. They are looking forward 
to whale-watching on the North Shore in the Winter. 
They get many visitors... surprise, surprise. Christy 
Patten visited them in summer '97. Christy is a flight 
attendant for Continental. She travels between Paris and 
Newark for work but travels all over the world — even 
Jerusalem — in her spare time. Lyssa Vaught lives in 
Alexandria, just outside of Washington, DC. Wendy 
long is engaged to Joel Holland from Berkeley, CA. They 
will be married 6/20/98 in Nantucket. Wendy works at 
a computer training school in San Francisco and is head 
coach of a h.s. girls Lacrosse team. Sarah Scales and 
lennifer Noble will be bridesmaids in Wendy's wed- 
ding, jenn Noble lives in NYC where she is considering 
work in the culinary field. Anne Cho also lives in NYC 
and is a major exec, for Paine Webber. She flies all over 
the country evaluating their branch offices. Karen 
Ciorgetti completed her MS in child development at 
Purdue University, IN and is pursuing her Ph.D. Keena 
Seagle is part-time faculty at lames Madison Univ. She 
teaches zoology labs and is doing prep work for Micro- 
biology labs. Mandy Monk completed her M.A. in 
international studies and has moved to London, England. 
She received an email from Genie Stark who reports 
she is applying to law school. Megan Maltby, Beverley 
Stone, and Bergen Hall live together in Richmond, VA. 
Beverley finished graduate school at VCU 1 2/97 and is 
student teaching h.s. English. Megan is counselor at a 
residential treatment facility for adolescent boys. She is 
applying to get her MSW. Wedding bells for Megan? 
Bergen teaches kindergarten and is very happy. Jenni- 
fer Caudette Nelson graduated from Christopher 
Newport Univ. in 05/97. She married LTjG Douglas 
Nelson (Nav. Acad '93) on 06/28/97. Ericka Bishop was 
Mistress of Ceremonies, and Nancy Wiegle attended. 
Nancy Wiegle is finishing her second year of med. 
school at George Washington Univ She says she is ready 
to get out of the classrooms and into the hospitals! Ericka 
lives in Charlotte, NC. Tricia Lynn works full-lime and 
is going to Colorado State U. as a post-bachelor to get 
her teaching certificate. She hopes to start grad school 
soon. She spent summer '97 in Alaska. Tory McClintock 
married Dr. Robert Cosby Wade on 07/19/97. Laura 
lanae Thomas was maid of honor Bridesmaids were 
Bridget Bayliss, )enn Beck ('96). They now live in 
Blackstone, VA. Kathryn Czarkowski is a clinical re- 
search associate in the Dept. of Psychiatry at Yale 
Medical School. She is in grad school for a masters in 
Psychology. Amy Woods works at Interaction in their 
Commission on the Advancement of Women. She lives 
with Peter and their puppy, Mira, in Georgetown, Wash- 
ington, DC. Charlotte Hawkins (English Exchange 
Student 94-95) has finished her degree in England and 
works for a major finance company just outside Lon- 
don. She lives with her boyfriend of two years, and they 
plan to visit Theresa Moore Smith and her husband in 



FL. Lee Roman Winn is pregnant. The baby is due 3/10/ 
98, and she and Jason have no clue what the sex is. 
They are in Pensacola, FL while Jason is in flight school 
and will be there until next summer when jason gets his 
wings. Jill Goolsby will pursue her M.S. in Defense & 
Strategic Studes at Southwest Missouri State Univ. Spring 
' 98. She hopes to work for the FBI, CIA, or as a private 
defense contractor. Kelly Coggshall is still at UVA. She 
saw a bunch of SBCers at the wedding of Jessica 
Gindlesperger '96. Jennifer Wissman still works for her 
uncle Darrell Waltrip, the three-time Winston Cup 
Championship driver. She bought a house in Nashville 
and is dating Mark Sennet. Eleanor Dickinson is study- 
ing for the MCAT and taking classes at the Univ. of 
Arkansas, Little Rock. She is planning a trip to Hong 
Kong 10/97. Anna Hawthorne is in Atlanta working for 
her father at his furniture gallery. She is marrying Rob 
Henry (VMI '95) 4/98. Jane Rabadi lives in Denver where 
she makes art and exhibits around the city. To pay her 
bills, she sells fossils and minerals, even dinosaur bones 
and other extinct creatures! In addition, she assists a 
"shrine artist" — a very unique experience. Her 2 cats 
are "fat and fabulous." Cathy Cummings completed her 
masters in sports administration at Ohio U., interned in 
GA, and is now in Dallas as Manager of Special Pro- 
grams with National Spirit Group, LTD. Her company 
runs the pre-game & halftime show for major football 
bowls and parades. Heather Lyn Roll Swanson runs her 
own business, Open Door Languages, that teaches En- 
glish to foreigners in Miami. She is working on a 
doctorate in speech pathology. She was adopted by her 
father and is changing her name to Heather Lyn 
Swanson. Cwen Hickey-Babcock and Devon had a great 
wedding and honeymooned for two weeks in Fiji. They 
now live with their cat and King in Pennsylvania. Maren 
Howard and Peter Leggett (HSC '95?) were engaged 
during their 6/97 trip to Barbados. They are marrying 
05/30/98 in Lynchburg and going to Ireland on honey- 
moon. Maren is back at Sweet Briar getting her 
certification to teach elem. school. Carson Scheppe will 
be her Maid of Honor; Lucy de Oliveira Bosworth, 
Eileen Yates, and Meredith Williams will be brides- 
maids; and Kathy Whitby will be a reader. Carson is in 
Atlanta working at The Atlanta Market. Lucy and Claude 
live happily in New Orleans where Lucy works at an 
employment agency. Meredith will graduate from South- 
ern Methodist Univ. Law in 5/98. She has accepted a 
job with mid-sized firm in Dallas working in corporate/ 
securities. She is still dating an old friend of Holly Prothro 
Philbin. Eileen is attending school for genetic counsel- 
ing. Nicky Stewart and Scott Fowler (WnL'93) moved 
to Ml where Nicky works for EDS as a business analyst, 
and Scott works for Lear Corporation in management. 
Kimberly Rhoda lives in northern VA and was promoted 
to advertising director, Heldref Publications, a non-profit 
foundation located in Dupont Circle. She does freelance 
singing for weddings and other special events. Cretchen 
Vida is a sales rep for a medical supply company afidi[ , 
works on the top of the largest skyscraper in downtown ' 
Tampa. She still rides. She was a bridesmaid for Liz 
Dunck Haye. Kara Dickey still works at the National 
Gallery in Washington, DC and lives in Dupont Circle. 
Kara saw Lynn Ivy Turner who married Eli in Spring 
'97. Eli and Lynn live in Washington, DC. Molly 
Becherer is in her second year of med. school at the 
Univ. of Louisville, KY. She says she doesn't have time 
for much else. Amy Spisso moved in with her boyfriend 
in Encino, CA. She graduated from the Fashion Institute 



of Design & Merchandising 6/97 with a major in textile 
design. She has freelanced for COBRA sportswear, and 
now works as a CAD artist for Sherry Fran, a division of 
LA Print & Dye Works. Daniella Ricci works for the Nat'l 
Italian American Foundation in Washington, DC. She 
volunteers to teach English as a second language and 
writes restaurant reviews for an internet magazine called 
www.dcpages.com. Check it out! Tina Carlton works 
for military papers and has been temporarily transferred 
to Patuxent River, MD to run the sales office there. She 
plans to return to Alexandria, VAby 1 1/01/97. Courtney 
Huffman Whetstone was married and lives with her 
husband and three kitties in Suffolk, VA. They are ex- 
pecting a baby by Christmas '97. Courtney just received 
her Pre-K teaching certification from Christopher New- 
port Univ. 5/97. Trista Newman bought a house in 
Richmond, VA , renovated it, and moved in with her 
husky/chow Nema. She works at TimeLife and is enjoy- 
ing it. Heather Theis is a 2ndLT in the Marine Corps. 
She was stationed in Quantico and has moved to CA. 
She says she is keeping the world safe for democracy. 
Kathy Whitby lives in Richmond and works at the Fed- 
eral Reserve Bank in the PR Dept. She has traveled to 
Nantucket and Colorado. Jennifer Parker Broughton 
graduated 08/97 with her M.A. in Communicative Dis- 
orders from West Chester Univ. and is working her 
Clinical Fellowship year at Beverly Health & Rehabili- 
tation Center, PA. Her husband Rick is in his second 
year of law school. Mary Cordon Gill came back from 
AK for the next school year and is living in Roanoke. 
She had a marvelous trip. Laura Swope Townsend lives 
with her husband in Germany and is traveling every- 
where. She is still working on her Masters through the 
Univ. of OK. She works as the Assistant Director at the 
Army Child Care Center. Lola Bailey visited Laura 7/97. 
Amanda-Bliss Knost Thomas and her husband Yarko live 
in Raleigh, NC where she works for Wellspring Whole 
Foods Grocery Store. They were married 11/19/96 in 
Newport, NC. They visited Shana-Tara Regon in New 
Orleans, Fall '97. Cat Ehlen attends the NYC School of 
Interior Design and graduates 5/98. She plans to stay in 
NY where she was accepted in the NY |r. League with 
Sisi Zirkle '93. Kat Madden is back from the Peace Corps 
in Kazakhstan and four months of traveling around Tur- 
key and Greece. She is back in TX for a while. Lucile 
Page lives in Atlanta and attends Emory's Nursing 
School. Summer '97 she worked with Alzheimer's pa- 
tients and wants to work with critical care and trauma 
patients next summer. She is still dating Bud. Holly Elkins 
still lives in Alexandria, VA and works for Snowsports 
Industries of America Association. Jessica John moved 
to Veto Beach, FL and is Asst. Concierge at Windsor, 
Village by the Sea. She and Jack Hager (HSC'95) are 
still together. Kate Steptoe lives and works in CO. Mary 
Byrd Schroeder moved into DC, but still visits her friends 
and boyfriend lack back in the suburbs. She works for 
George Washington University Med. School in the Of- 
fice of Research as the grant proposal administrator. She 
has talked to Katharine Harrington Welder (WnL) who 
lives vvith her husband Ray in San Antonio, TX. Anna 
Reilly works for the Rules Committee in the U.S. Sen- 
ate. She moved into my Alexandria apartment with me 
(Katie Maxwell) last October. Stephanie Arnold lives 
with Susannah Silverbrand in Rosslyn, VA where she 
works as White House Liaison to the Pentagon. 
Susannah was accepted into the foreign service. 
Catherine Orr and her puppy Derby moved to Oakton, 
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lie Admin 5/97. She has visited Liz Dunck Hayes in 
Charlotte. Liz married Paul in Charlotte 4/5/97. They 
bought a house in Charlotte and claim they have fun, 
young couples as neighbors. Cari Miller )ames married 
Doug 4/97. They moved to Rockville where she teaches 
third grade at Washington Episcopal School — a pri- 
vate school in Bethesda. They see Sarah Clifford Weaver 
often and write and talk to Lisa Buckingham Darr and 
Julie Fivecoate. Kelly Hall is teaching full-time in the 
English Dept. at WV VVesleyan College. She missed her 
annual "SBC Revival" last Christmas because she went 
to England. She plans more overseas travel in 1998. 
Kelly has talked to Sarah Butcher who is working to- 
wards her entymology degree at VA Tech. Yanna Wagg 
Gardephe married Christopher Harry Cardephe on 9/ 
2/97 in Montpelier, VT. Yana works in public relations 
at New England Culinary Institute. Heather Aspinwall 
is substitute teaching in Darien, CT. She spent last sum- 
mer in Nantucket and has visited Christy Patten in N| 
and the gang & me in Washington, DC. As for me, I still 
live in Alexandria, VA with my great new roomie Anna. 
I work tor the Society of American Florists doing gov- 
ernment relations/PAC/Lobbying for all those floral shops 
and growers. I'm still dating Scott — who, after going to 
several SBC events, is convinced he has met the entire 
class of 1995. 1 tell him that isn't so! For all of you on 
the internet, I am gathering a list of emails and sending 
periodical news updates. Please send me your address 
to kmaxwell@safnow.org. Keep me updated through- 
out the year. Don't lose touch! 

>^ President: Laura S. Lechler, Vice 
President: Jesse W. Durham, 
Secretary: Catharine R. King, 
Fund Agent: Theresa (Tracy) 
Walters 
what a difference two years makes! Good to learn what 
everyone is doing. Stephanie Dudley has been in WY 
for the past year fly fishing and snowboarding. She Is an 
independent home health care provider and is consid- 
ering nursing school. )udy Brown is a social worker at 
the Nelson County Dept. of Social Services in 
Lovingston, VA, in the foster care and Adult Protective 
Services units. She sees Wanda Brockman regularly. 
Jennifer Smith is working the admissions office at SBC; 
enjoys it and sees many alums while traveling, includ- 
ing Lynn Davis and Reneca Rose'97. She also keeps in 
touch with Beth Carlough-Thobe '97 who was married 
9/97. Sue Whitehead lives in New York and is a copy- 
writer for a radio station producing commercials. She 
talks with Sandy jennings-Neblett, Anne Osterholm and 
Heather Goodwin. They were all bridesmaids in Sandy's 
July 5th wedding at the SBC Chapel. Sandy enjoys leach- 
ing fourth graders in Appomattox and is beginning her 
master's in education at UVA. Melissa Broderick teaches 
h.s. students in OR and even takes them mountain climb- 
ing and skiing. She is engaged to be married on 7/26. 
Clark lordan is living in New York working on Wall 
Street for Oppenheimer Emily Kuchar is in law school 
at Samford Univ. in Birmingham. 

Sarah Reidy moved to Atlanta after spending time 
in Singapore. She is a project manager for Pineapple 
House, an interior design firm and is busy with the lo- 
cal art and music scene. Shann Fountain, also in Atlanta, 
started her own translation and interpretation business. 
She sees Caitlin Sundby, Tracy Lyons, and janna 
McLarty. She also keeps in touch with Kristina Kukk'93 



and Slavica Olujic'95. Melissa McLearen is in touch 
with several alums. She writes that Stephanie Franz and 
Phoung Iran are both inTX, Stephanie working in a lab 
and Phoung in nursing school. Melissa is in the MFA 
Lighting Design program at UVA and will graduate in 
spring'99. She talks to Laura Lee Rihl joiner who is doing 
well at the Medical College of Georgia. Ann Kays is in 
grad school at the UT Medical Center in Houston study- 
ing microbiology and molecular genetics. She plans to 
take her Ph.D. candidacy exam. Laura McGlamery is 
finishing her master's degree at UNC-Chapel Hill. She 
keeps in touch with Elizabeth Groves and Kelly 
Knappenberger. Kelly is completing her master's in el- 
ementary education at the University of Puget Sound. 
Then she plans to head home to MN and get a teaching 
job. Melissa Snyder is engaged to an attorney in 
Morgantown, WV where she is attending law school. 
She stays in touch with Abby Phillips, who is now 
Deputy Director of the New Democrat Network and 
lives with Claire Christensen. Claire is a documenta- 
tion/graphic specialist for RON, Inc. in Crystal City, VA. 
She and Abby saw Kelly Walker who is in law school at 
Maryland. They also saw Laura Powell over the holi- 
days. She and Ellie (who at 4 years old is busy with 
ballet lessons and Montessori school) live in Denver 
where Laura works for a Cellular Real Estate Corpora- 
tion. Cindy Rakow Prewitt was married on 8/9 and Meg 
Magistro, Leah jorgensen, Eileen MacMurtrie, Alex 
Hiribarne, Rachel Boyd, Claire Christensen, and Kate 
Mulligan were bridesmaids. Beth Anne Nelson 
Sayegh'94 was the matron of honor. Cindy lives in VA 
and works for Ernst & Young in the marketing depart- 
ment. Leah jorgensen also lives in Alexandria, VA and 
works for PBS in the development department. She par- 
ticipated in several pledge drives and went to Palm 
Desert, CA for the annual PBS Development Confer- 
ence. She and Eileen MacMurtrie have seen each other 
several times since Eileen returned from Germany. She 
is in PA, working and taking classes in preparation for 
Nursing School. Marie Bandy will attend dental school 
at the Medical College of Georgia. She saw Sarah Reidy 
and Catherine Lanter in Hilton Head. 

Laura Lechler teaches third grade at Cape Henry 
Collegiate School in VA Beach. Kerri Davis teaches kin- 
dergarten at the same school and they enjoy being in 
the same area. Lee Foley is still in Richmond with a law 
firm and is applying for law school. Angle Conklin was 
recognized as Outstanding Realtor on the Eastern Shore 
where she works on Chincoteague Island. She is busy 
with her new pony and classes to obtain her Broker's 
license. Angle often talks to Tracy Walters who is a tech- 
nical recruiter in VAfor Acuity Technology. Tracy keeps 
in touch with Robyn Peckol and other alums in the area. 
April Collins is at Tulane Medical School. She is doing 
molecular endocrinology research in the area of breast 
cancer. Claire Myers is in grad school at Radford Univ. 
studying social work. She visits Rachel Briers and Jes- 
sica Gindelsberger Hubbell, who got married 9/97, in 
Charlotte, NC. She looks forward to being in Rachel 
Boyd's 8/98 wedding. Constance Bump is also in NC, 
at Wachovia Bank as a systems engineer for Lotus Notes. 
Rachel Baltus and Julie Hildebrand live in Raleigh, NC 
together where Julie is an Entrepreneurial Consultant 
for Ernst & Young and Rachel works for Glaxo Wellcome. 
They see Paige Vaught who lives near them. Paige is a 
Loan Processor for World Mortgage and is glad to be 
back in the South! Jill-Jenn Trzupek has a new job at 
Citicorp Mortgage/Citibank Visa as an Auditor in St. 



Louis and plans on grad school for audiology. Jesse 
Durham moved to Indianapolis, IN to work for RealMed 
Corp., a health care claims resolution company. She 
does miss her friends and family in DC but urges any 
alums in the area to come visit. Alex Hiribarne is work- 
ing in real estate in Marblehead, MA and going to school 
for an alternative healing mode called Polarity. Mary 
Margaret Dixon is still at the Naval Surface Warfare 
Center and lives in King George, VA just down the street 
from Janeen Sharma. Mary Margaret spent New Year's 
Eve in DC with Hilary Carlson, Sarah Dennis and Gigi 
Ostrow where they saw Tara Moran, Ann 
MacDonald'97, and Kathy May'94. Janeen is also work- 
ing for the Naval Surface Warfare Center. Hilary 
graduates from Columbia Univ. in May. Laura Billings 
and her husband are in Baltimore, MD where she is a 
network engineer with a consulting firm. She is work- 
ing towards her Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer 
certification. She is in touch with Christie Cardon who 
is a legal assistant in Richmond and seriously thinking 
about law school. Yolanda Davis is at Dyncorp Infor- 
mation and Engineering Technology as a programmer/ 
analyst. She lives in Alexandria with 2 friends from UVA, 
She saw Tara Moran and is in close touch with lennifer 
Smith '96 and Reneca Rose '97. Kimbie Shaheen teaches 
Latin at a private school in Albany, GA, and still sees 
Jeff White (H-SC'96). She will be going to grad school 
and is in touch with Cakki Latimore who lives in Rich- 
mond with Frazier Miller. Cakki and Frazier vacationed 
in London together. Brandy Holland lives at home and 
loves her job as a legal assistant in the District Attorney's 
office in Forsyth County, NC. She is in touch with 
Katheryn Czarkowski and Holly Prothro. Sarah Den- 
nis teaches 5"' grade in Clarksville, TN. Rachel Boyd is 
marrying |oe Belmonte 8/8/98 in Richmond, VA. Her 
bridesmaids will include Lynne Boyd '99, Wynn Cole, 
Amelia Dudman, Claire Myers, Jessica Gindlesberger, 
and lanie Bradley. Rachel works at St. Margaret's school 
in Tappahanock, VA. Rachel Cooper is a veterinary tech- 
nician in Annapolis, MD. She is taking classes at the 
local community college and hopes to attend veteri- 
nary school soon. She visits Dawn Leary '95 in 
Charlottesville. Rachel Briers works in Chadottesville 
and sees Anna Welton and Alex Davis. Annie Pankowski 
is a Financial Analyst at Goldman, Sachs, & Co. in New 
York. She works on bond deals with foreign and corpo- 
rate entities. She lives on the Upper West Side with her 
boyfriend. Anne Collins is with Management Advan- 
tage, Inc. in MN as their Account Executive. Robin 
Bettger is sales manager for Harbourview Inn, a new 4 
diamond hotel in Charleston, SC. She has been living 
in Charleston since graduation with her 2 cats, and dat- 
ing "a wonderful man, loe." Kasey Collins spent 1 997 
at Monticello in Charlottesville doing educational pro- 
grams, then visited Sarah Reidy for a month in Singapore. 
Now she is in Boston working at ITL in accounting. 
Ashley Thorner Olerich got married to Lyle Olerich 1 2/ 
20/97. Leigh Mason was a bridesmaid and many SBCers, 
including The Honorable Lydia Calvert Taylor '60 and 
Eleanor McGruder Harris 75, attended. Ashley and Lyle 
live in Chapel Hill, NC where Lyle is pursuing a master's 
degree in health care administration from NC and Ashley 
is a teaching assistant at Durham Academy. Catherine 
Lanter works in the marketing dept. for The Coca Cola 
Co. in Atlanta and is looking for a job abroad. Atlanta is 
great but she misses VA and SB friends and visited them 
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CAand spent a week in PA on business 11/97. Hopes to 
visit SB friends soon. 

I am still doing advertising for a travel magazine in 
DC and loving it. I was able to go to Nashville and Loui- 
siana on business. Last summer I spent a wild weekend 
in NYC with Jen Beck, Jesse Durham, |aneen Sharma, 
and Claire Christensen. We saw Sarah Reidy and Annie 
Pankowski and even managed to get on the Today Show. 
Thanks to everyone for their notes and if you're in DC 
please let me know - the alums in DC often have mini- 
reunions and would love to have even more of you join 
us. 

IQiQi'n President: Ann MacDonald, 
/v'v^ / Secretary: Kcrri Rawlings, Fund 

Agent: Kara Vlasaty 
Sarah Betz is managing a yacht club in Smithfield, VA. 
She sees Mary-Byrd Schroeder '95, Amy Campbell, and 
Annette Dusenbury. Amy is in the MA/PhD program in 
Government and Foreign Affairs at U VA. She will spend 
the summer in Richmond as a Governor's Fellow and 
apply to law schools for fall '99. She is still dating 
Demetri Poulos (VMI 98) - no marriage plans YET! 
Annette has been visiting classmates on the East Coast 
and interning for an orthopedic surgeon in Vienna, VA. 
She starts Physical Therapy School in the fall at 
Shenandoah U. Kathy Johnston is in the master's pro- 
gram in foreign service at Georgetown U. and will do 
an internship at the US Embassy in Dublin, Ireland this 
summer. She sees Jill Butcher and Jill Meadows, and 
keeps in touch with Jill Cavitt. Jill M. is in NYC per- 
forming as a dancer. |ill G. is in Japan teaching with the 
)ET program and loving every minute of it! Jill B. is in 
NJ, contemplating grad school in library science for fall 
99. She hopes to visit Kathy in Ireland this summer. Jenn 
Wagner is in Pittsburgh finishing up her first year of law 
school. She keeps in touch with JIM B., Jess Grass, and 
Cape Healey. She will be in DC for the summer. Cape 
traveled during summer 97 to Bermuda and other 
"beachy" places. She then worked on the finance team 
for LF Payne's Lt, Governor race and is now a finance 
assistant for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Com- 
mittee in DC. She has met Pres. Clinton and will soon 
meet Hilary. She lives with Debby Dressier in Bethesda. 
Alicia Allen is a graduate research assistant for the MPA 
Program at the Slate U. of West GA. She met Cristy 
Jordan for a weekend visit to SBC, Kristen McCowen 
Hartley married Jonathan (HSC 97) in 6/97. They live 
in their new house in Adington, VA. Kristen is a pro- 
gram analyst with the secret service. She sees Nicole 
Kelleher, Thea Galenes, Gina Miller, and Holly James. 
Thea is at U. of FL in the Masters of Fine Arts Program, 
where she has been teaching undergrad English and 
poetry. Gina is a special education aide in 2nd grade. 
She starts at the U. of Hartford 5/98 to work towards 
her masters in elementary education. Holly is in Alex- 
andria working as a paralegal. She has been dating Mark 
McMickle for over a year and sees Ticia Harbor, and 
Karn Henderson. Desiree Valenzuela is in Baton Rouge 
and is engaged to Steve Gribschaw (West Point). They 
will marry in spring 99. She is an assistant administrator 
for United Companies Financial Corporation in Strate- 
gic Planning. Ute Sartin is now in Clarksdale, MS, with 
her husband and son. She is a full-time mom and lov- 
ing it! She volunteers at various places and keeps in 
touch with Desiree V., and Leslie Brock. Alison Burnett 
is finishing first year of law school at Chicago-Kent Col- 



lege of Law and will be at SBC for graduation. Gail 
Mesdag is teaching Spanish at Juneau Christian School. 
She went to Mexico for a mission trip over spring break 
to be a translator. Amy Yakubinis is in Raleigh working 
for First Citizen Bank in the Corporate Offices. She went 
through the management program and is now in the In- 
Store Banking Dept. She saw Jess Hiveley and Katie 
Clarkson. Jess graduates 5/98 from UNC Chapel Hill 
with a masters in Accounting. She will work for Coo- 
pers & Lybrand in Minneapolis and says we are all 
welcome to visit her in the Twin Cities! Katie works lor 
IBM in Raleigh. She is still dating Mark and still com- 
peting in horse shows. Kathryn Cunningham is a jeweler 
at the Gabriel Ofiesh Studio in Charlottesville. Has seen 
Margaret Brodie, Leigh Mason '96, and Lynn Martin 
'95. Talks with Maia Pearson and Connor Louis. She 
says Connor is in London (rumor has it she is still dating 
Peter...). Paige Peabody Yager lives in Boston with her 
husband Jeffrey. They are expecting a baby 5/98. Tavi 
Hyland Jones '96, Catherine Lanter '96, and Abbie 
McCammon '98, were at the wedding. Sue Bader moved 
to Boston with Sara Schmaltz. She is an assistant man- 
ager at Talbots and Sara is a developmental specialist at 
Goodwill Industries. They frequently see Lisa 
DuCharme, Lindsy Rollenhagen, and Katy Seder who 
live just around the corner! Kale Hall Lombardi is fin- 
ishing grad school and looking for a job. She loves 
married life with Ben and keeps in contact with Courtney 
Lammers, Melanie Vracas, Catherine Osuna, and Ann 
MacDonald. Ann is Alumnae Programs Coordinator at 
SBC, and LOVES IT! She is a Big Sister and an Adult 
Sponsor at a women's homeless shelter in Lynchburg. 
Spends lots of time with Michael Carter (W&L 98). She's 
seen countless SBC friends because of work. Kathryn 
Black Watson, happily married to Allen (HSC 96) since 
7/97, will be moving to Hattiesburg, MS, this summer 
for Allen to do his doctorate work. She works in 
kindergarden and loves it. She has seen Katy McCartney 
and Elizabeth Hunter, in addition to a bunch of SBC 
giHs at the wedding. Katy works at St. Mary's School in 
NC and is head coach of the field hockey team. She 
also teaches SAT prep classes. Sees Mala, Christen 
Cummings, Margaret Jenkins, Landis Addison, Abbie 
McCammon '98, Ann M., Kathryn Watson, Leighlon 
Barrett '98, Jen Lister, and Courtney Burt. Landis is gel- 
ting married 5/2/98 to Wayne in Atlanta. Megan Usui 
shares the following quote from Nietzsche with us, "We 
have to be careful that in turning out the devil, we don't 
turn out the best part of ourselves." Amy Everett works 
for Neiman-Marcus in Dallas as an assistant buyer in 
the "fast and furious" world of couture leather accesso- 
ries. Keeps in touch with Lindsy R., Lisa D., and Katy S. 
She visited with Elizabeth Mcintosh in NYC for New 
Year's and for a week in Puerto Vallarta. Elizabeth is in 
medical school at Duke U. and likes it. Lucinda Policy 
is engaged to Jon Howe and living in Birmingham. They 
will be married 11/14/98, and will move to Montgom- 
ery. Amy Cook graduates 8/98 from WVU with a masters! 
in Reading Curriculum and Instruction for K-1 2. Kerry 
Coleman spent the last year as an RC at SBC. Her year^ 
inspired her to pursue College Student Affairs Adminis- 
tration at UGA in fall 98. She has a full scholarship! 
Reneca Rose works for Crestar Bank in Richmond. She 
sees Jennifer Smith '96 and Yolanda Davis '96 when 
back in Amherst to see her new boyfriend. Beth 
Garlough was married in Sept. to a baseball player in 
the Pittsburgh Pirates club. She will travel with the team 
this summer with hopes of being moved up to the ma- 



jors before the end of the season! Jennifer Swisher is 
doing a medical internship in rural Eastern KY. She starts 
medical school at the U. of Health Sciences College of 
Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, MO, in the fall. 
Alicia King is in Atlanta working for the Sema Group. 
Sees Shann Fountain '96 and emails Alexa Schriempf, 
and Melanie Vracas. She is working with Sally Miller 
Gearheart '56 on programming that will bring lesbian/ 
bi alumnae to campus for activities. Alexa is an edito- 
rial assistant for Time Life Books. In fall 98 she will enter 
U. of OR in Eugene in the PhD track for Philosophy on 
a full ride scholarship! She will meet up with Nessim 
Al-Vafi in Milan in June and they will work on a farm in 
Norway in July, then visit Marion Johnson and Autumn 
Mather in London. Heather Benhard is a doctor's assis- 
tant at a critical care animal center in CA. She is still 
thinking of going into medicine and is studying MRI 
technology. She tutors h.s. biology and sees Eileen Yates 
'95 often. Stephanie Garcia spent the summer in TX 
before starting school in the Dept. of Pharmacology at 
Duke U. She will soon start in the PhD program there. 
Bill (VMI 95) moved down and she loves having him 
close! She will soon be in Slovakia for 5 months to do 
research. Stephanie Pappanikou has been teaching 
riding at St. Andrews College in NC and recently bought 
a horse. She will be moving to Lexington, KY, with Chris 
(UVA Med. 98) who will be a resident at UK. She sees 
Leigh Wilson and Julie Hildebrandt '96. Leigh is in a 
masters program for biology at UNC Greensboro. Becky 
Moats works for STRATESEC, Inc. and will soon be 
moving. She keeps in touch with Vaiana Teriitehau, 
Tasha Swales, Ann M., and Christy Benson. Christy is 
teaching for the JET program in Japan. Amy Earehart is 
in the masters program for Psychology at JMU and will 
graduate 5/99. She will be at Heather Terry's wedding 
in July at SBC. Heather works for Ferris Baker Watts, 
Inc. and will soon move to Fairfax. She hopes to teach 
next year. Courtney Totushek is in Richmond working 
for Wallace, a national printing company. She works 
on the Monlicello account so sees Margaret J. and 
Susanne Nifong weekly. Often sees Elizabeth Hunter 
in Richmond. Hunter is working for Virginia Properties. 
Amanda Acuff will be commissioned in June as a Rich- 
mond Police Officer. She should graduate from the 
police academy on July 1 7*! Alison Hall is getting her 
masters in Public Administration from Auburn U. She 
visited Melanie Chriscoe in Miami, and many other 
classmates over the past year. She spent a week with 
Annette D. and Joe Steele (VMI 97) in Pensacola. As for 
me, I have had a wonderful year working in the Alum- 
nae Office at Sweet Briar. Through my travels I have 
seen many classmates who are doing wonderful things. 
No special man yet - still shopping for my "uniformed" 
guy! Please come and visit often - you always have a 
place to stay with me! 

ENTiON SB Alumnae: 

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Gordon G. Bi;i;a\i;r H'21: A Ma-h-er of Trust 




weet Briar friend and honorary member of the 
Class of 1921 Gordon G. Beemer has been 
described as the College's own "Warren Buffet," a savvy 
investor whose enviable combination of analytical skill, 
gut instinct, and good timing guarantees success. It is a 
comparison that Gordon humbly protests, insisting that 
his masteiy of the stock market amounts to sheer luck. 
■'It's not me; it's the cards," he claims. "You gotta have 
luck." 

As an example, Gordon recounts a day spent at 
Gulfstream Park with SBC's former chainnan of the Board 
Walter H. Brovm H'49 and his wife Catherine Bar/ieH "Bunny" Brown '49. 
"hi the third race, everyone around me seemed to be betting on a woman 
jockey with a great reputation. I had already placed my $ 1 5 bet on her — $5 
across the board. To this day I'm not sure what happened, but I'm still 
waiting for her to come in! However, in a later race, there was another 
woman jockey I thought, y'taiow, tlie way women are taking over this 
countiy, I don't think they're going to let the day end without a woman 
winning a race. I placed the same bet; sure enough, I won $102 for my $ 1 5. 
It's pure luck." 

Pure luck might explain Gordon's success at the track, but the rest of 
the stoiy hints at something more. Gordon. Beemer believes in women. And 
he is backing that belief by carefully investing on Sweet Briar's behalf 

Born and educated m Lafayette, Indiana, he counted four SBC alumnae 
among his peers: Jane Callison Smith '30 (his first love in kindergarten), 
Sara Callison Jamison '29, Belle Btvckenbrough Hutchins '29 and Merry 
Cwrtw Loving '30. A younger friend from Lafayette, Pah'icia Fotter Duncan, 
recently adopted Gordon as a member of the Class of 1941. But his deep 
association with the College was fostered through his long friendship with 
Florence Woei/y Elston-Beemer '21 and her husband I.C. Elston. 

"1 met Florence in 1 953, four or five years before she married I.C. Elston. 
He was a Crawrfordsville, Indiana native, a mentor of mine, a well-known 
Chicago broker, and very successful man. I was his lawyer." 

Gordon and his wife Julia socialized and traveled with the Elstons for 
several years. After I.C.'s death in 1964, they continued their close 
relationship with Florence, and Gordon and Florence formed a successful, 
informal investing team. 

"In one incident in 1978, Florence had about $25,000 she wanted to 
invest. She said she wanted to buy some Merck. I said, 'Well, if that's what 
you want, go buy iti' So she purchased 50 shares at about $60 per share. 1 
said, 'Great, now what are you going to do with the remainmg $22,000?' 
Well, she hadn't thought about it. Meantime, the Merck started going right 
up. Later, when she had more money to invest, 1 suggested she increase her 
Merck holding, which had risen to $70 per share; she bought 150 shares. 
That investment, the original 200 shares, has since split into 3600 shares 
selling at $132 per share— all of which is going to Sweet Briar!" 

Gordon lost Julia in 1982, leaving him and Florence and a handful of 
other friends to maintain the good memories and great traditions that evolve 
with enduring friendships. Then, in May 1986, on the eve of Florence's 




65"' SBC Reunion, Gordon G. Beemer and Florence 
WoeU'el Elston were married in the west parlor of Sweet 
Briar House. 

"About then, Florence became interested in the guest 
inn Sweet Briar hoped to build on campus. I forget what 
the original proposal was exactly, but for a certain 
contribution you could name a room. I advised her to do 
the whole shebang and call it the Florence Elston Inn. 
Why not? So she did it. The reception area and original 
east-west block of rooms were dedicated in May 1988. 
But, looking at the building afterward, she always felt it 

wasn't quite complete. As she put it, 'It's very hard to fly with just one 

wing!' 

"In 1 986, Florence executed a will and several living trusts disposing of 
her assets. One trust gave me a life estate in her Chicago apartment with the 
remainder going to Sweet Briar upon my death. But when she died in 1989, 
I neither wanted the apartment to live in, nor needed the proceeds of the 
sale as income. So I thought, Why wait? Sweet Briar is going to get the 
money eventually and Florence would have loved to see the Inn finished. I 
sold the place and gave the proceeds to the College. 

"Part of the problem is many people don't taiow how to give. They give 
$5 when they could give $5,000 just as easily Florence and I came to realize 
that we could give generously and not miss the money one iota. It's an 
educational experience, discovering how much institutions like Sweet Briar 
depend on alunmae and friends for support — not just for scholarships and 
buildings, but for maintenance and day-to-day operations. That's why I 
continue to give aninially, to provide for the upkeep of the Inn or to help 
with other basics. It's the least 1 can do because, after all, I get to stay m the 
hui for free!" 

Besides the new wing, the Inn now includes an impressive, much-used 
conference room named for Mr. Beemer. However, his work for the College 
did not stop there. 

"After Florence's death — with a Chicago bank as the corporate trustee 
and me serving as the individual trustee of her $2.6 million residuaiy estate, 
the bank told me, well, obviously you want to maximize your uicome. They 
wanted to sell all the stock and put the proceeds in tax-exempt bonds to 
preserve the trust principal for the College. I said 'No! Absolutely not! If 
Florence wanted the amount of the ti-ust to remain the same, she could 
have left it directly to the College. I want Sweet Briar to have more money 
when I die.' Well, they decided to go along with me. As a result, on January 
1 , 1 998, the endowment fund was valued at $6.3 million." 

Though Gordon has a professional interest in estate planning, it is clear 
that his concern for Sweet Briar is personal and affectionate. "I don't think 
I'm smarter than anyone else. 1 think someone up there — I don't know who 
or why — has been looking after me. My conunitment to Sweet Briar requires 
time and attention but, you biow, it goes both ways. I recently received a 
letter from a scholarship student saying that the College has given her the 
oppoilunity to compete against herself and uncover her strengths in the 
process. And that's really-well, that's what this whole thing is about." 



Sweet Briar Alumnae College Travel Program 1999 



Enchanting Tahiti 
Januarxi }£>-30. 1999 

The ultimate winter destination. Three nights in the Beachcomber Hotel in 
Papeete, Tahiti (city sightseeing tour and visit to the Gauguin Museum in- 
cluded), followed by 7-night cruise on the Radisson Seven Seas Cruises 
Line's 300-passenger, 6-star M.S. Paul Gauguin. Cruise includes visits to the 
islands of Rangiroa, Raiatea, Bora Bora and Moorea, with enrichment lec- 
tures by naturalists, artists, and Polynesian experts. 

Austrian Winter Escapade 
fch-wirif 26-M^irclt 5. 1999 

Affordable week in Salzburg, the "Capital of the Austrian Alps," at 5-star 
Crowne Plaza Pitter Hotel. Plan your own schedule with help from experi- 
enced travel director. Variety of optional excursions include full-day trips to 
Munich and Innsbruck; half-day tour of the Lake District and sites where 
The Sound of Music was filmed; full-day trip featuring ride on a horse- 
drawn sleigh. Reasonably-priced optional "dine-around" dinner package 
offers wide selection of restaurants. 

The Art & Architecture of Spain 
Ma^f 6-19. 1999. uYt/i '5(//><(o oi>tuvi Mmf 19-20 

SBC Professor of Spanish Pamela DeWeese will share her expertise on a 12- 
day exploration of the artistic and cultural heritage of Spain. Trip includes 4 
nights in Madrid with guided tours of its historic riches; a full-day excursion 
to Toledo, including visit to El Greco's home and studio; a high-speed train 
journey to historic Cordova; 2 nights in Granada's Hotel Alhambra Palace 
on the grounds of the exquisite Moorish masterpiece, the Alhambra; 2 nights 
in Seville with guided tours of the Cathedral, Alcazar, Santa Cruz Quarter, 
the Maria Luisa Park, the Casa de Pilatos, and Hospital de la Caridad (We 
hope to visit with students on SBC's lunior Year in Spain). Conclude with 4 
nights in Barcelona; visits to Barcelona's galleries, including the Picasso 
Museum. Optional stop in Bilbao to see the new Guggenheim Museum. 

All dates end itineraries are subject to change. For further iniormation, 

contact Noreen Parker, our travel coordinator in the Alumnae Office. Tel: 804-381-6131 ; 

fax: 804-381-6132; e-mail: nparker@sbc.edu 



Voyage Around Italy 
June Z5-Jid\, 7. 1999 

Board Sea Goddess 1, one of the highest-rated passenger cruise ships in the 
world: staff' of 89 serves 1 1 6 guests. Voyage begins in Monte Carlo, ends in 
Venice, navigating the entire Italian peninsula, including Sicily. Ports of call; 
Livorno/Florence; Civitavecchia/Rome; Sorrento/Pompeii/Herculaneum; 
Salerno/Paestum/Ravello/Amalfi; Porto Empedocle, Sicily/Agrigento; Syra- 
cuse, Sicily; Otranto/Lecce/Alberobello; Ancona/Urbino; Ravenna; Venice. 
Complete program of tours, shore excursions, and lectures throughout the 
trip. SBC President Elisabeth Muhlenfeld will accompany the group. 

Alumnae College in Scotland 
Aiicin^t 4-12. 1999 

Nine-day seminar in Scotland, based in historic town of Stirling, the ancient 
capital in the heart of Scotland. Seven nights in I" class Stiding Highland 
Hotel only 500 yards from the town's famous castle. Daily mixture of semi- 
nars and excursions, special "Meet the People" session (open forum 
question-and-answer session with panel of local Scots). Highlights of in- 
cluded excursions; Loch Lomond, The Trossachs, a cruise on lovely Loch 
Katrine; Scone Palace and Glenturret Distillery; full-day trip to Edinburgh; 
Scottish Highlands and Loch Ness, including train ride from Inverness to 
Sliding. We hope to include a visit to St. Andrews. 

Pleasures of Paris 
^hloK'cuber 5-13. 1999 

The SBC Friends of Art and the Alumnae Association are co-sponsoring this 
tour. SBC's Director of College Galleries and Arts Management Program 
Rebecca Massie Lane will accompany the group. Six nights in a charming 
4-star hotel in the heart of the left bank. Included; curatorial visits to the 
Louvre and Musee D'Orsay; 2 full-day excursions to Fontainbleau and Vaux- 
le-Vicomte; and walking tours of the Marais and medieval districts. Our 
guide: art historian Alice |ouve, who taught at SBC 25 years ago. 

Kenya Discovery 
Jamuu-if 1S-2S. 2000 

Details in Winter '99 Magazine. 



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